Factsheet: Natural gas act (GWG)

Natural gas act (GWG)

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Natural Gas Act 2011
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Gaswirtschaftsgesetz 2011
The purpose of this Federal Act is to enact provisions on the transmission, distribution, purchase and supply of natural gas and biogas, including network access and access to storage; to regulate the system charges and provide rules on billing, internal organisation, unbundling and transparency of the accounts of natural gas undertakings and to provide for other rights and obligations of natural gas undertakings as well as to regulate the construction, extension, alteration and operation of natural gas pipeline systems. The scope of application of this Federal Act shall not extend to activities requiring a production permit or a storage licence pursuant to the provisions of the Mineralrohstoffgesetz (Mineral Resources Act), Federal Law Gazette I no 38/1999; to natural gas pipeline systems which form part of an industrial production plant and which are located within its premises or to the construction or operation of natural gas pipeline systems beginning at the end of the service connection branch.
Standards for natural gas and biomethane

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Responsible Authority: 
Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy / Bundesministerium für für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft


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