Gas New Zealand newsletter October 2012

Issue 44 – November 2012

Gas and electrical certifications updated

Gas and electrical certification regimes have been revised, with all gas and electrical installation work now requiring certification. The update to the certification regimes now permits practitioners to design their own certificates, and store and send them electronically. This means that gas and electrical practitioners will no longer be required to buy Certificates of Compliance from their worker registration board, removing a compliance cost.

Energy and Resources Minister, Phil Heatley, says improving the certification regimes will raise standards in the gas and electricity industries, while doing away with unnecessary compliance costs. 'The changes provide for an improved certification process with a new risk-based system that emphasises safety and accountability for installation work.

'Details of all work classified as high-risk will have to be registered on a new publicly available database run by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. This will improve the monitoring of 'high-risk' work and focus attention on the areas that will provide the greatest improvement in safety outcomes.'

Building and Construction Minister, Maurice Williamson, said that the changes will benefit consumers. 'The changes mean consumers will always be entitled to get a certificate once work is completed. This will assure consumers that installation work and connection to energy supply is safe to use.

'Consumers should always check they are using a licensed practitioner before work begins and keep a copy of their certification once work is completed.”

The amendment regulations also update the fees charged by the Electrical Workers Registration Board in relation to examination and licensing.

The changes are effective from 1 July 2013.

→ For more information visit www.energysafety.govt.nz or call 0508 377 463.

LPG automotive excise duty to be questioned

The LPG Association is investigating the collection of the non-automotive excise duty, which is paid on all LPG used in New Zealand. LPGA Executive Director, Peter Gilbert, says the Association's members have expressed concern about the excise duty, and asked the LPGA to investigate.

Read more in Gasline (http://www.lpga.co.nz/newsGasline.php)

Gas Industry Forum a success

Over 100 delegates recently attended the Gas Industry Forum, which Gas New Zealand hopes to build on every year. The Forum was held at the Novotel Hotel in Rotorua, Wednesday October 17 – Friday October 19.

Read more in Gasline (http://www.lpga.co.nz/newsGasline.php)

Summarised from Gasline, the Gas New Zealand newsletter from the LPG and Gas Associations, October 2012.

Published in energy.