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Modification of gas licences: common tariff for conveyance of gas through designated pipe-linesN.I.

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60.—(1) The Department after consultation with the Authority, or the Authority with the consent of the Department, may in accordance with this Article modify—

(a)the conditions of a particular licence under sub-paragraph (a) or (c) of Article 8(1) of the Gas Order; or

(b)the standard conditions of licences under sub-paragraph (a) or (c) of Article 8(1) of that Order,

where it considers it necessary or expedient to do so for the purpose of implementing, or facilitating the operation of, arrangements designed to secure that the prices charged in connection with the conveyance of gas through designated pipe-lines are in accordance with a common tariff which does not distinguish (whether directly or indirectly) between different parts of Northern Ireland or the extent of use of any such pipe-line.

(2) The power to modify licence conditions under sub-paragraph (a) or (b) of paragraph (1) may not be exercised more than once pursuant to the designation of any pipe-line under Article 59.

(3) The power to modify licence conditions under sub-paragraph (a) or (b) of paragraph (1) includes power to make incidental, consequential or transitional modifications.

(4) Before making modifications under this Article the Department or the Authority shall consult the holder of any licence being modified and such other persons as it considers appropriate.

(5) Any modification of part of a standard condition of a licence under paragraph (1)(a) shall not prevent any other part of the condition from continuing to be regarded as a standard condition for the purposes of Part II of the Gas Order.

(6) Where at any time the Department or the Authority modifies under paragraph (1)(b) the standard conditions of licences under sub-paragraph (a) or (c) of Article 8(1) of the Gas Order, it shall also make (as nearly as may be) the same modifications of those conditions for the purposes of their incorporation in licences of that type granted after that time.

(7) Where the Department or the Authority makes any modifications under this Article it shall publish those modifications in such manner as it considers appropriate.

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