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The Gas Industry Company (GIC) administers the Gas Governance (Critical Contingency Management Regulations 2008) Regulations. The purpose of the Regulations is to achieve the effective management of critical gas outages and other security of supply contingencies without compromising long-term security of supply.

The Regulations achieve this principally through the appointment of a Critical Contingency Operator (CCO) which has a range of powers, particularly to curtail gas consumption during critical contingencies. Core Group was appointed as the CCO, effective from 1 March 2014.

The role of the Critical Contingency Operator includes:

Determine and declare the onset of a Critical Contingency

Call for load curtailment as required to balance the system

Continuously monitor the supply / demand balance and adjust load curtailment directions as necessary and determine when it is safe to terminate a Critical Contingency