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Ministry of Justice of Ukraine

November 6, 2015

No. 1379/27824

THE RESOLUTION OF THE NATIONAL COMMISSION PERFORMING STATE REGULATION IN THE FIELD OF POWER AND UTILITIES OF UKRAINE

of September 30, 2015 No. 2494

About approval of the Code of gas-distribution systems

(as amended on 06-11-2020)

According to the Laws of Ukraine "About the natural gas market", "About natural monopolies", Regulations on the National commission performing state regulation in the field of power and utilities the approved Presidential decree of Ukraine of September 10, 2014 715, the National commission performing state regulation in spheres of power and utilities decides No.:

1. Approve the Code of gas-distribution systems which is attached.

2. To operators of gas-distribution systems:

post on the website and in the official publications published in the territory of their licensed activities, the Code of gas-distribution systems and the Standard agreement of distribution of natural gas approved by the resolution of the National commission performing state regulation in the field of power and utilities of September 30, 2015 No. 2498, during monthly term from the date of entry into force of this resolution;

receive personal EIS-codes (Energy Identification Code) as to subjects of the natural gas market within ten days from the date of entry into force of this resolution by the address to the operator of gas-transport system;

appropriate in a month from the date of receipt of personal EIS-code to all consumers (including household) connected to gas-distribution systems, personal EIS-codes and to transfer them to the operator of gas-transport system;

send cover letters together with the statement accession to the agreement of distribution of natural gas to all consumers (including household) connected to gas-distribution systems within two months from the date of entry into force of this resolution according to requirements of the Code of gas-distribution systems.

3. The operator of gas-distribution system provides the conclusion of acts of differentiation of balance sheet accessory and operational responsibility of the parties:

on objects of residential customers - within two years from the date of entry into force of this resolution;

on other objects of subjects of the natural gas market - within one year from the date of entry into force of this resolution.

4. To owners of metering stations of natural gas (except metering stations which established on objects of residential customers) to provide arrangement with means of remote data transmission own metering stations:

which annual amount of accounting of natural gas exceeds 3 million cubic meters - within half a year from the date of entry into force of this resolution;

which annual amount of accounting of natural gas from 1 million cubic meters to 3 million cubic meters - within one year from the date of entry into force of this resolution;

which annual amount of accounting of natural gas from 100 thousand CBM - to 1 million cubic meters - within one year and six months from the date of entry into force of this resolution;

which annual amount of accounting of natural gas from 10 thousand CBM - to 100 million cubic meters - within two years from the date of entry into force of this resolution;

which annual amount of accounting of natural gas is less than 10 thousand CBM (except metering stations of natural gas with counters of standard sizes G-1, 6, G-2, 5, G-4, G-6) - within two years and six months from the date of entry into force of this resolution.

5. The gas companies, producers of biogas or other types of gas from alternative sources which perform transfer of natural gas to gas-distribution system shall provide in Items of reception-transmission of gas in gas-distribution system (at gas distribution stations) the organization and arrangement of places of control sampling of natural gas within year from the effective date of this resolution.

6. Recognize invalid:

1) resolutions of the National commission performing state regulation in the field of power:

of March 29, 2012 No. 305 "About determination of degree of qualification of consumers of natural gas", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on April 18, 2012 on No. 579/20892;

of April 19, 2012 No. 420 "About approval of the Procedure for access and accession to the Single gas-transport system of Ukraine", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on May 7, 2012 at No. 721/21034 (with changes);

of July 5, 2012 No. 849 "About approval of the Standard agreement on purchase and sale of natural gas (between owners and suppliers of natural gas)", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on July 25, 2012 for No. 1250/21562 (with changes);

of September 13, 2012 No. 1181 "About approval of Instructions for use natural gas for legal entities", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on October 11, 2012 for No. 1715/22027;

of January 31, 2013 No. 76 "About approval of the Standard agreement on accession to gas networks", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on February 20, 2013 for No. 297/22829;

of March 7, 2013 No. 226 "About approval of the Standard agreement on economic maintaining by components of the Single gas-transport system of Ukraine (between owners and the gas or gas-distributing transportation companies)", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on March 27, 2013 for No. 494/23026;

of March 7, 2013 No. 227 "About approval of the Standard agreement on use of components of the Single gas-transport system of Ukraine (between owners and the gas or gas-distributing transportation companies)", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on March 27, 2013 for No. 492/23024;

of March 7, 2013 No. 228 "About approval of the Standard agreement on operation of components of the Single gas-transport system of Ukraine (between owners and the gas or gas-distributing transportation companies)", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on March 27, 2013 for No. 493/23025;

of June 20, 2013 No. 709 "About improvement of quality of consumer service of natural gas", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on June 27, 2013 for No. 1088/23620;

2) resolutions of the National commission performing state regulation in the field of power and utilities:

of October 28, 2014 No. 184 "About approval of the Procedure for indemnification, the Rules of provision caused to the gas supplying or gas-distributing company owing to violation by the consumer of natural gas to the population of services in gas supply, and also the consumer of natural gas as a result of violation by the gas supplying or gas-distributing company of Rules of provision to the population of services in gas supply", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on January 12, 2015 for No. 8/26453;

of January 22, 2015 No. 35 "About approval of the Standard agreement on supply of natural gas on regulated rate", registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on February 14, 2015 for No. 172/26617.

7. This resolution becomes effective from the date of its official publication, except Items 1 and 2 of Chapter 6 of the Section VI of the Code of gas-distribution systems which become effective since April 1, 2016.

8. On regulation of the relations in the oil and gas sphere in accordance with the established procedure to provide to department submission of this resolution on state registration in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

Commission chairman

D. Vovk

Approved by the Resolution of the National commission performing state regulation in the field of power and utilities of Ukraine of September 30, 2015 No. 2494

Code of gas-distribution systems

I. General provisions

1. Determination of the main terms and concepts

1. This Code is drafted according to the Law of Ukraine "About the natural gas market".

2. This Code determines relations of the operator of gas-distribution systems with subjects of the natural gas market, and also determines legal, technical, organizational and economic basis of functioning of gas-distribution systems, in particular providing conditions:

1) reliable and safe operation of gas-distribution systems and the guaranteed level of distribution (movement) of natural gas in/from adjacent subjects of the natural gas market of the corresponding quality;

2) commercial, including instrument accounting of natural gas in gas-distribution system and determination of its amounts and amounts of transfer in/from gas-distribution system, including by subjects of the natural gas market;

3) access for clients to gas-distribution system for accession to it their construction objects or the existing objects (condition of technical access);

4) access for subjects of the natural gas market to gas-distribution system for the actual transfer (distribution/consumption) of the natural gas belonging to them in/from gas-distribution system (condition of commercial access);

5) mechanisms of interaction of the operator of gas-distribution system with operators of adjacent systems and with other subjects of the natural gas market.

The procedure for the relations of the operator of gas-distribution system with the operator of gas-transport system including connected with reception-transmission of natural gas in exit points from gas-transport system to gas-distribution system, in particular concerning quality and accounting of natural gas (including instrument), and also with data exchange according to forecasts of selections/consumption of natural gas for consumers and the actual amounts of consumption of natural gas by them, regulates the Code of gas-transport system approved by the resolution of NKREKP of September 30, 2015 No. 2493, registered in the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on November 6, 2015 at No. 1378/27823 (further - the Code of GTS), the transportation agreement of natural gas and the technical agreement signed between the parties according to requirements of the Code of GTS.

3. Action of this Code extends to operators of gas-distribution systems, customers of access and accession to gas-distribution system, consumers (including residential customers) whose objects are connected to gas-distribution systems, and on their suppliers. Besides, this Code regulates relations:

between the operator of gas-distribution system and the gas companies and producers of biogas or other types of gas from alternative sources which are connected (join) gas-distribution system;

between the operator of gas-distribution system and unauthorized consumers who interfere with work of gas-distribution system, including by unauthorized connection of the unauthorized gas pipeline.

4. In this Code terms are used in the following values:

asset construction - new construction, reconstruction, capital repairs, technical retrofitting of object;

refusal in access to the consumer's object - making by the consumer (the owner or the employer of object of the consumer) and/or the owner of the territory where object of the consumer and/or the metering station on which calculations of the consumer are perfromed is located/is located, actions which interfere with representatives of operator of gas-distribution system to perform the functions provided by this Code that makes sure the statement of violation which is drawn up according to requirements of this Code;

the owner - the legal entity, either the physical person, or physical person entrepreneur who on legal causes owns and uses object, in particular gas networks or object of gas-distribution system;

metering station of the accounting/UUG natural gas / node - set of means of the measuring equipment, in particular the counter of gas or the narrowing device, and the supportive applications intended for measurement, registration of results of measurement and the calculations of amount of the natural gas given to standard conditions, determined by the legislation;

gas year - period of time which begins from first gas days of October of the current calendar year and proceeds till first gas days of October of the next calendar year;

gas networks of internal gas supply - gas networks from place/point of accession of object or the parcel of land of the customer to its gas devices (devices) inclusive or to system of gas consumption of the third parties (customers, consumers);

gas networks of outside gas supply - gas networks from the place of ensuring capacity to place/point of accession of object or the parcel of land of the customer;

group of houses (hostels) - apartment houses (hostels) with the same engineering and sanitary equipment and similar construction and architectural characteristics which are consistently connected via one gas pipeline and take the same place of ensuring capacity;

the group of consumption - category of residential customers who under the agreement of distribution of natural gas are calculated on the gas counter that is characterized by certain homogeneous signs of rather gas devices and devices, categories of the house (individual, apartment), and in some cases taking into account the heated area and availability of centralized hot water supply and reflects average annual profile of consumption of natural gas by calendar months and is determined according to appendix 1 to this Code;

the agreement on accession to gas-distributing system / the agreement on accession - the written agreement between the operator of gas-distribution system and the customer of service in accession which consists according to requirements of the Section V and for the form given in this Code determines their legal relationship in case of accomplishment of accession of object of the customer to gas-distribution system which on legal causes is in property or use (including in operation) the operator of gas-distribution system;

the agreement of distribution of natural gas - the bargain concluded between the operator of gas-distribution system and the consumer (including the residential customer) according to requirements of the law according to which the operator of gas-distribution system provides the round-the-clock access of object of the consumer to gas-distribution system for possibility of distribution of natural gas;

access to gas-distribution system - right to use by capacity of component (object) of gas-distribution system in amount and on the conditions established in the agreement (the technical agreement) on provision of the corresponding services with the operator of gas-distribution system;

the duplicative node of accounting / duplicative UUG - the metering station intended for control of amount of gas which is considered by the metering station and is drawn up between agreement parties of distribution of natural gas and/or the technical agreement on gas reception-transmission conditions gas-distribution system as duplicative UUG according to requirements of this Code;

duplicative means of the measuring equipment / duplicative SIT - the means of the measuring equipment intended for control of operability of similar means of the measuring equipment which is part of commercial commercial accounting of point is drawn up between agreement parties of distribution of natural gas and/or the technical agreement on gas reception-transmission conditions gas-distribution system as duplicative SIT according to requirements of this Code;

EIS-code (Energy Identification Code) - personal identification the consumer as the subject of the natural gas market or its metering station (if necessary), appropriated by the Operator of gas-distribution system in the procedure established by this Code;

examination of means of the measuring equipment / examination of seals - complex of actions which are performed by the commission on conducting examination of SIT and seals which affirms the order of the Operator of GRS, or subjects of judicial and expert activities which activities are regulated by the Law of Ukraine "About judicial examination", for the purpose of data acquisition about compliance of means of the measuring equipment / seals to the parameters determined by their producers, to conditions of installation and operation, their integrity and compliance to metrological characteristics and also certificates in lack of other signs of influence on means of the measuring equipment / seal which can demonstrate intervention in means of the measuring equipment / seal and misstatement of results of measurement;

the customer - the physical person, either the legal entity, or physical person entrepreneur who based on the relevant agreement orders from the operator of gas-distribution system service in accession to gas-distribution system and/or distributions of natural gas;

means of the measuring equipment / SIT - the technical tool, including the gas counter which is applied in case of measurement and has the normalized metrological characteristics;

means of remote data transmission - the means established (organized) at commercial or duplicative metering station, providing on continuous basis possibility of remote access to the specified metering stations for the purpose of reading (control) and transfer of their data on communication channels to the operator of gas-distribution system;

the statement accession - the written application of the consumer certifying it declaration of will on accession to the agreement of distribution of natural gas constituted in the established form also contains the personified data of the consumer and his object;

Information platform - the electronic platform of the operator of gas-transport system in the form of web application on the Internet created according to requirements of the Code of GTS;

commercial node of accounting / commercial UUG - the gas metering station organized according to requirements of the law for commercial accounting of natural gas when scoping (amount) of transfer and distribution (consumption/delivery) of natural gas in point of commercial accounting;

commercial access - right to use by capacity of object of gas-distribution system in amount and on the conditions established in the agreement of distribution of natural gas and/or the technical agreement on gas reception-transmission conditions by gas-distribution system;

commercial accounting of natural gas - determination of amounts (amounts) of transfer and distribution (consumption/delivery) of natural gas in points of commercial accounting based on these metering stations and other procedural procedures in the cases provided by this Code;

control removal of indications of SIT - fixing of indications of SIT, in particular the counter of gas, the consumer the representative of operator of gas-distribution system in data about control removal of indications of SIT, or the act of control removal of indications of SIT, or the pay book, the subscriber accounting card of gas, etc. which are confirmed by the personal signature of the consumer (the owner or the employer) of object or person authorized by it;

control survey of metering station - accomplishment of complex of works with the purpose of visual inspection of integrity of SIT (the body, glass, fixture, connection, etc.), integrity of the seals established according to the act about sealings and availability of prints their Tauri, removals of indications of SIT, and also for the purpose of identification without use of special technical means and/or partial dismantle of building constructions or finishing materials of unauthorized intervention in work of GRM and/or the FTA/counter of gas;

the proofreader of amount of gas - set of means of the measuring equipment which take pressure and temperature of the gas proceeding in the measuring pipeline calculate gas amount under standard conditions, transforming output signals from the gas counter;

the gas counter - means of the measuring equipment which is used for measurement of storing and display of amount (amount) of the natural gas passing through it and is compound commercial (duplicative) metering station;

the route of movement of gas with identical FHP (further - route) - the document in which are described and schematically represented route of movement of gas from source (sources) of its receipt with use of this gas (consumers, adjacent operators of gas-distribution systems) with display of places of sampling of FHP of natural gas and/or installation of automatic line devices of determination of FHP of gas and is specified number of route;

border of balance sheet accessory - point of differentiation of gas networks between adjacent owners of gas networks on signs of the property right or use on which there is reception-transmission of natural gas;

limit of operational responsibility of the parties - point of differentiation of gas networks on the basis of contractual commitments on operation of certain sites or elements which is established on border of balance sheet accessory or by agreement of the parties in other point of gas networks;

the city area - the administrative territory of residential locations (the cities, settlements of city type);

the place of ensuring capacity (point of ensuring capacity) - place/point on the existing object of gas-distribution system which on legal causes is in property or use (including in operation) the operator of gas-distribution system from whom (which) performs construction (development) of gas networks to the customer's object (accession point) and/or necessary power level is provided, ordered for subject to accession;

the place of accession (accession point) - the designed or existing border of balance sheet accessory between gas networks of outside and internal gas supply;

unauthorized recovery of gas consumption - found after creation of the act of the termination of distribution of natural gas (gas supply) and/or sealing of locking devices or establishment of inventory cap the fact of unauthorized intervention in work of gas-distribution system, including by failure or damage of seals on locking devices, latches on input in object of the consumer, damage or removal of inventory caps, etc. therefore there is possibility of unauthorized selection of natural gas on the consumer's object (its separate gas devices or devices), including out of accounting;

unauthorized intervention in work of gas-distribution system - intervention in work of gas-distribution system, including by unauthorized recovery of gas consumption, unauthorized intervention in work of SIT and/or connection of the unauthorized gas pipeline therefore the normal working hours of GRS are broken and/or is performed unaccounted (considered partially or with violation of the law) use of natural gas;

unauthorized intervention in operation of the SIT/counter of gas - intervention in work or design or components of the metering station (including the gas counter), including by their counterfeit, damage or damage on them of seals, influences of action of directed permanent magnetic field or change of configuration of data of the calculator/proofreader of amount of gas (primary programming or the protocol of parametrization) therefore the consumption (consumption) of natural gas is not considered by the metering station (it is considered partially or with violation of the law), and other actions leading to misstatement of data of accounting of natural gas;

unauthorized selection of natural gas - selection (consumption) of natural gas from gas-distribution system with violation of requirements of the current legislation, in particular of this Code;

the unauthorized gas pipeline - self-willedally connected gas pipeline (gas branch, the union, branch pipe), including without availability of the connected gas equipment, physically connected, in particular vvaren, cut, with gas-distribution system or gas network of internal gas supply, the consumption (consumption) of natural gas through which is considered by the metering station (the gas counter);

unauthorized connection of gas devices - unauthorized connection by the consumer of gas devices or devices (equipment) on object which is considered on consumption regulations or as a result of connection of which is exceeded the range of calculation of metering station (total rated power of gas devices and devices exceeds the range of calculation of metering station);

the unauthorized consumer - the physical, legal entity or physical person entrepreneur, without the conclusion of the agreement of distribution of natural gas with the operator of gas-distribution system or on object which is not connected to GRS in accordance with the established procedure performs unauthorized gas offtake;

rated power of the gas equipment - total volume consumption (consumption) of natural gas of all established gas equipment / equipment which according to passport data corresponds to nominal operating mode of this equipment / equipment;

consumption regulations - the amount and type of consumption of natural gas established according to the legislation for residential customers who are not provided with the gas counter, under agreements of distribution of natural gas;

amount of natural gas - amount of gas (cbm.), measured by metering station of natural gas or determined as a result of other procedural procedures provided by this Code;

I will eat around (amount) of energy of natural gas - amount of heat energy (MDzh, Gcal, kW · w) which is allocated during complete combustion of certain amount of natural gas;

the calculator of amount of gas - means of the measuring equipment which will transform output signals of measuring information from the measuring converter of pressure difference on the narrowing device (pressure head tube, etc.) and/or from the measuring converter of amount of gas under operating conditions (the gas counter, etc.), from measuring converters of pressure and temperature of the gas proceeding in the measuring pipeline and calculates gas amount under standard conditions;

the heating period - the period from October 01 to April 30 inclusive;

the heated area - the general heated area of the object of the consumer without the area of loggias, balconies, terraces, and also floor area where there are no heatgiving surfaces (radiators, registers, walls of furnaces, pipelines of systems of heating, etc.) which are directly not connected with heating rooms door and other openings;

The operator of gas-distribution system (further - the operator of GRS) - subject of managing which based on the license performs activities for distribution of natural gas gas-distribution system which is in its property or use according to the legislation and performs concerning its function of operational and technology management;

The operator of gas-transport system (further - GTS operator) - subject of managing which based on the license performs activities for transportation of natural gas for gas-transport system for benefit of the third parties (customers);

the conservation zone of objects of gas-distribution system - the territory limited to conditional lines along land, elevated and underground gas pipelines and their constructions on both sides from extreme elements of design of gas distribution pipelines and on perimeter of land constructions at certain distance in which implementation of economic and other activity is limited;

parametrization of SIT - establishment of values of programming of the counter of gas by manufacturing plant or the calculator or the proofreader of amount of gas, and also are put into it during operation by their owner or operator of GRS the corresponding parameters (including physical and chemical indicators of natural gas) which provide proper measurement of amount of natural gas by commercial UUG according to the existing standards;

verification of metrological characteristics of SIT - carrying out by specially authorized territorial authorities in the field of metrology and stationary or portable testing laboratories of verification of metrological characteristics of means of the measuring equipment and/or general error of measurement of the metering station, including in the conditions of their operation, according to the procedure, SIT determined by regulations of verification of metrological characteristics, and/or carrying out extraordinary or expert checking;

check of parametrization of SIT - check of compliance of the entered parameters in the counter of gas or the calculator or the proofreader of amount of gas to the valid parameters;

connection to gas-distributing system / connection to GRS - the physical connection in accession point (on border of balance sheet accessory) gas networks of the adjacent subject of the natural gas market (including the consumer) with gas-distribution system made in the procedure established by the legislation including according to this Code;

the protocol of parametrization of SIT - the initial document (the electronic file or paper) created (only a few) by means of the service software of the producer of the counter of gas or the calculator or the proofreader of amount of gas which displays parameters of programming of SIT and values put into it in case of operation;

planned monthly amount of consumption - the planned amount (amount) of consumption of natural gas determined in the procedure established by Chapter 4 of the Section IX of this Code on object of the residential customer which under the agreement of distribution of natural gas is calculated on the gas counter;

payment for accession that is standard, - limit of payment for accession that is standard, calculated according to methodology of establishment of the payment for accession approved by the Regulator;

the residential customer - the consumer who is physical person also acquires natural gas for the purpose of use for own domestic needs, including for cooking, heating of water and heating of the premises, not including professional and business activity;

checking of the counter of gas - establishment of suitability to use of the counter of gas based on results of control of its metrological characteristics which is performed in the procedure established by the legislation;

above-standard losses - difference between the actual and normative production and technology losses / costs of natural gas in gas-distribution system or its elements following the results of certain period;

advance payment - complete payment according to obligations prior to the beginning of settlement period;

the supplier of natural gas (supplier) - the subject of managing who based on the license performs activities for supply of natural gas;

damages of the SIT/counter of gas - mechanical damage of integrity of design of commercial UUG and/or its components, in particular the body, glass, fixture, protective elements, lines of connection;

damages of seals - absence or damage of integrity of seals, sealing material on which seals are established (wire, kordovy thread, etc.) screws on which sealing material, including absence or damages on SIT (the gas counter) of seals with prints the Tauri about their checking or indicators of action of influence of permanent magnetic field is fixed (further - magnetic indicators), or the confirmed seal counterfeit fact in the presence of the act of sealing (other document confirming the fact of sealing and transfer on storage of the SIT/counter of gas and the established seals and magnetic indicators);

legal regime of lands of conservation zones of objects of gas-distribution system - the specific mode of use of lands by owners and users of the parcels of land set by the legislation, and also Operators of GRS which is set within lands of conservation zones of objects of gas-distribution systems for providing proper conditions of their operation, prevention of their damage and for reduction of possible negative impact on people, adjacent lands, natural objects and the environment in general;

accession to GRS - set of organizational and technical actions, including the works directed to creation of technical capability for provision of service of distribution of natural gas which are carried out in connection with connection of construction object or the existing customer's object to gas-distribution system;

the accession which is standard - accession to gas-distribution system of the Operator of GRS of object of the customer capacity to 16 cubic meters an hour inclusive on the distance which is not exceeding 25 meters for rural and 10 meters for the city area in a straight line from the place of ensuring capacity to border of the parcel of land of the customer;

the hidden actions - the unauthorized actions performed by the consumer or other person as a result of whom use of natural gas which cannot be found without use of special technical means, carrying out earthwork, dismantle of building constructions or finishing materials, partial or complete dismantle of SIT or dactyloscopic examination or verification of metrological characteristics of SIT is performed unaccounted (considered partially or with violation of the law);

The forecast of selections/consumption of natural gas - forming and representation of GRM by the Operator according to requirements of the Code of GTS of forecast amounts of consumption of natural gas for each consumer for every gas day.

the project of reuse - documentation (standard project) on object or its isolated part which is reused when designing other similar construction object (gas networks of external gas supply) which is approved and has the conclusion regarding its compliance to requirements of construction regulations, standards and rules;

destination - border of balance sheet accessory of object of the consumer on which there is transfer by the Operator of GRS of natural gas to the consumer;

The regulator - the National commission performing state regulation in the field of power and utilities;

The register of consumers of the supplier - the list of consumers who in the procedure established by the Code GTS are fixed in information platform of the operator of gas-transport system for certain supplier in settlement period;

settlement period - the gas days and/or gas month determined by the Code of GTS in the natural gas market on which (which) forecasts of selections/consumption of natural gas and consumption of natural gas are determined by the consumer and the corresponding calculations between the consumer and the operator of GRM are perfromed;

unauthorized connection - connection of the unauthorized gas pipeline and/or gas devices or devices to gas-distribution system, intra house gas supply system or gas networks of internal gas supply of object of the consumer with violation of the procedure established by the legislation;

the timely message the residential customer - provision by the consumer in writing to the Operator of GRS of information on gas consumption types not later than in a month from the date of approach of corresponding changes (in the absence of the gas counter), or information on shortcomings of operation of the counter of gas (failure, defect, damages of the counter, testing brand, safety of seals, etc.), or information on damage of seals on gas devices and devices before identification of such shortcomings by the representative of Operator of GRS;

the rural zone - the administrative territory of villages, settlements (except for settlements of city type);

the consumer of natural gas (consumer) - physical person, physical person entrepreneur or the legal entity whose objects are in accordance with the established procedure connected to/through GRM of the Operator of GRM which receives natural gas based on the delivery agreement of natural gas for the purpose of use for own needs, in particular as raw materials, but not for resale;

adjacent subjects of the natural gas market are owners of the gas networks connected among themselves in whose junction there is reception-transmission of natural gas;

the technical agreement on conditions of reception-transmission of gas of gas-distribution system - the written agreement between the Operator of GRS and the adjacent subject of the market of gas, except consumers and GTS operator which consists in the form given in appendix 2 to this Code and determines procedure for reception-transmission of natural gas between the parties;

accession specifications - the document determining complex of conditions and requirements to engineering support of accession of object (parcel of land) of the customer to gas-distribution system also contains basic data for designing of the gas networks of external and internal gas supply created for needs of object of the customer;

measurement point - installation site of the metering station;

point of commercial accounting - border of balance sheet accessory concerning which by means of the metering station and/or other regulated procedures in the cases provided by the Sections IX-XI of this Code the amount (amount) of transfer or distribution (consumption/delivery) of natural gas for certain period is determined;

quality of natural gas - parameters of physical and chemical indicators of natural gas which shall meet the requirements of this Code.

Other terms used in this Code are applied in the values given in the Laws of Ukraine "About the natural gas market", "About metrology and metrological activities", "About ensuring commercial accounting of natural gas", "On regulation of town-planning activities".

The term "natural gas" covers biogas or other types of gas from alternative sources which according to the physics and technology characteristics conform to standards on natural gas;

The term "the highest heat of combustion" is used in the value given in the Code of GTS.

5. The reducings applied in this Code have the following values:

ADS - emergency and dispatching service;

PBG are producers of biogas or other types of gas from alternative sources;

UUG - gas metering station;

The ODS - the gas company;

GRS - gas-distribution system;

GRP - gas control Item;

GRS - gas distribution station;

GTS - gas-transport system of Ukraine;

SIT - means of the measuring equipment;

PIRG - Item of measurement of consumption of gas;

PEVM - the personal electronic computer (computer);

FHP - physical and chemical indicators, physical and chemical characteristics;

ShRP - cupboard regulatory Item of gas.

6. Symbols of units of measure on which references in this Code are had:

cbm. - Cubic meter;

MPa - megapascal;

MDzh - megajoule;

kW • h - kilowatt hour;

Gcal - gigacalorie;

hail. With - degree Celsius.

2. Main functions of gas-distribution system and Operator of GRS

1. The operator of GRS performs activities for distribution of natural gas based on the license granted by the Regulator.

2. The operator of GRS is responsible for reliable and safe operation, maintenance in proper condition and development (construction) of gas-distribution system which on legal causes is in its property or use, the proper organization and accomplishment of distribution of natural gas.

3. The main functions of the Operator of GRS are:

1) ensuring distribution (movement) of natural gas from places of its receipt in GRS with GTS and from other sources (from the ODS and PBG connected to GRS and from adjacent GRS) to consumers of natural gas taking into account its quality and physical and chemical characteristics and needs of these consumers;

2) ensuring supervisory control of GRS and scheduled-preventive and emergency recovery operations on objects of GRS taking into account requirements of labor protection and safe engineering;

3) ensuring the maximum profitability, the optimum modes and reliability of work of GRS, development of optimum technology working hours of GRS for regular and accident-free gas supply of consumers;

4) providing the organization and registration of relations (administration) of subjects of the natural gas market which are connected to/through GRS and cooperate with it, when ensuring distribution (transfer) of the GRS natural gas;

5) accomplishment of contractual commitments in case of distribution (consumption, transfer) of the GRS natural gas;

6) timely informing subjects of the natural gas market on variation of technology working hours of GRS which can affect the gas consumption mode (restriction of amounts, etc.), and taking measures to their liquidation;

7) ensuring quality control of physical and chemical characteristics and indicators of natural gas which is transferred in/from GRS;

8) ensuring commercial accounting of natural gas, including instrument, in GRS;

9) ensuring accession of objects of customers to GRS that on legal causes is in property or use (including in operation) the Operator of GRS, according to their address and on condition of observance of requirements of this Code;

10) ensuring balancing between amounts and amounts of transfer of natural gas to GRM (from GTS, the ODS, VBG, other GRM) both amounts and amounts of transfer of natural gas with GRM (to consumers, for transit in other GRM);

11) forming of daily, decade, monthly, quarter and annual figures of the actual amount and amount of transfer (distribution, consumption) natural gas on objects of subjects of the natural gas market which are in the licensed territory of the Operator of GRS and/or which ordered distribution of the GRS natural gas in the corresponding period;

12) cooperation with operators of adjacent systems for the purpose of reliable and effective functioning of GRS;

13) research of needs of consumers (customers), including different industries of economy, in natural gas for implementation of preparation of development plans and development of GRS.

4. The operator of GRS has the right of easy and free access to the parcels of land of all patterns of ownership on which the gas-distribution system, for accomplishment of the functions and obligations, stipulated by the legislation is located.

5. Such subjects of the natural gas market cooperate with the Operator of GRS:

GTS operator;

operators of adjacent gas-distribution systems;

the gas companies and producers of biogas or other types of gas from alternative sources which are connected (are going to join) to GRS;

consumers who are connected to GRS;

suppliers of natural gas who plan or perform supply of natural gas to the consumers connected to gas-distribution system of the Operator of GRM;

customers of accession of own objects of GRS.

6. Decisions of the Operator of GRS shall be based on the principles:

objectivity which consists in reasons for the made decisions;

transparency which consists in informing subjects of the natural gas market (including by placement of public information on the official site) about the corresponding rules and procedure for relations;

nondiscrimination which consists in non-use of additional restrictions and prohibitions, not stipulated by the legislation.

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