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Energy Act 2004

Section 20: Duty to comply with directions under section 18

102.Section 20 sets out the basis on which the duty to comply with directions given under section 18 applies and that it is enforceable by civil proceedings primarily for an injunction or, in Scotland, an interdict. Subsection (3) makes it clear that the duty is subject to the NDA discharging its financial responsibilities for the installation or site concerned. Subsection (4) provides for the disapplication of the duty to the extent that there is a contract in place between the NDA and the operator. This provides for flexibility as the parties to the contract can decide which aspects of their relationship contract should govern and which directions should govern.

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