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The Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Access to Infrastructure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015

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16.—(1) The owner of relevant infrastructure shall publish—

(a)no later than the first anniversary of the relevant date, the information set out in paragraph (3) relating to available capacity and technical and operating requirements for access; and

(b)any changes to the published information as soon as reasonably practicable after they become effective.

(2) In paragraph (1)(a) the “relevant date”—

(a)in relation to a relevant storage site, is the date on which the storage permit is granted in respect of the storage site;

(b)in relation to a relevant pipe-line, is—

(i)the date on which planning permission or a Crown lease was granted for the construction of the pipe-line as a relevant pipe-line; or

(ii)where the pipe-line was not constructed as a relevant pipe-line, the date on which the pipe-line was first used to convey carbon dioxide for the purposes of an activity within section 17(2)(a) to (c) of the Energy Act 2008.

(3) The information referred to in paragraph (1) is—

(a)in the case of a relevant storage site, the authorised capacity or in the case of a relevant pipe-line, the capacity which is, or can reasonably be made, available in the relevant infrastructure concerned taking into account the quantities of carbon dioxide which—

(i)are required, or may reasonably be expected to be required, to be stored or conveyed by the owner or an associate of the owner for the purposes of any business carried on by the owner or associate; or

(ii)are required to be stored or conveyed by another person with a right to have carbon dioxide stored in the relevant storage site or conveyed by the relevant pipe-line in the exercise of that right; and

(b)subject to paragraph (4), the technical specifications of the CO2 stream that have to be met in order to secure access to the relevant infrastructure.

(4) If there is no capacity which is or can reasonably be made available, as described in paragraph (3)(a), the owner is not required to publish the information referred to in paragraph (3)(b).

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