EU Regulation 994/2010 was introduced to safeguard security of natural gas supply and has been a key driver in facilitating cooperation between Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK. The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) is the designated Competent Authority for Ireland responsible for the implementation of measures in the Regulation.
The aim of the Regulation is to ensure Member States have an adequate level of preparedness in event of a gas supply emergency. It places obligations on each Member State to have a common approach to emergency planning and response.
This Regulation requires Member States to act in solidarity when planning for and responding to a gas supply emergency. It also strengthens security of electricity supply by taking account of the impact of a gas disruption on electricity generation.
As required under the Regulation, Ireland and the UK have finalised and submitted to the European Commission, their National Preventive Action and Emergency Plans and Joint Risks Assessment and Preventive Action Plans. The UK and Ireland work to ensure the compatibility of these plans.
Ireland/UK/Northern Ireland Cooperation
The UK/Ireland Gas Emergency Planning Group was established to allow regional partners (Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK) progress the obligations imposed under EU Regulation 994/2010. The group includes representation from Government Departments in each jurisdiction and the electricity and gas sectors.
In addition, the All Island Gas and Electricity Emergencies Group was established with the aim of progressing all island emergency planning and response arrangements to ensure that there is cooperation and coordination of response in the event of an emergency.