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THE ELECTRICITY SAFETY, QUALITY AND CONTINUITY REGULATIONS (NORTHERN IRELAND) 2012

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2.—(1) Except as provided for in paragraph (2), in so far as these Regulations apply to any generator, distributor, supplier or meter operator, they shall also apply to any agent, contractor or sub-contractor of theirs acting on their behalf in relation to a matter which is the subject of these Regulations.

(2) Regulations 4, 15, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32 and 33 shall not apply to any agent, contractor or sub-contractor.

(3) Regulation 3(2) shall not apply until, in the case of overhead lines, 5 years, and, in the case of substations, 2 years after the coming into operation of these Regulations.

(4) Regulation 7(2) shall not apply to any distributor’s fusible cut-out brought into use on or before 31 December 1936, until 5 years after the coming into operation of these Regulations.

(5) Regulation 11(c) shall not apply until 2 years after the coming into operation of these Regulations.

(6) Paragraphs (2) and (3) of regulation 14 shall not apply to any low voltage underground cable installed on or before the day before the day on which these Regulations come into operation.

(7) Regulations 19(2) and 20 shall not apply until 10 years after the coming into operation of these Regulations.

(8) Regulation 21 shall not apply until 5 years after the coming into operation of these Regulations.

(9) Where a material alteration is made to any part of a network, the provisions in paragraphs (4) to (7) shall cease to apply to that part of the network from the date of that alteration.

(10) Where any provision of these Regulations does not apply to any network, or part of a network, by virtue of any of the provisions of paragraphs (4) to (7), any equivalent provision which applied to the network, or part of it, immediately before the coming into operation of these Regulations by virtue of the Electricity Supply Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991(1) including any approval, authority or exemption granted or given under or pursuant to that provision shall apply as if that equivalent provision had been contained in these Regulations.

(11) Where any provision of these Regulations is equivalent to a provision which applied to any network, or part of a network, immediately before the coming into operation of these Regulations by virtue of the Electricity Supply Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991, any approval, authority or exemption granted or given under or pursuant to the latter provision which was in operation immediately before the coming into operation of these Regulations shall continue in operation and shall have effect as if granted or given under or pursuant to the former provision but shall cease to have effect one year after the coming into operation of these Regulations.

(12) Subject to paragraph (13), these Regulations shall apply in relation to activities carried on in the territorial sea adjacent to Northern Ireland.

(13) The following regulations shall not apply in relation to such activities—

(a)9 (protective multiple earthing);

(b)16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and Schedule 2 (overhead lines);

(c)22 (switched alternative sources of energy);

(d)25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 (supplies to installations and to other networks); and

(e)33 and Schedule 4 (notifications of certain interruptions in supply).

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