National Council for Natural Gas Operation

The National Council for Natural Gas Operation (CNO) is an advisory body to the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Commission for the Regulation of Energy and Gas, as well as for companies and distributors of natural gas utilities.

The CNO was created by Law 401 of 1997 and was assigned the following main responsibilities:

i) Making recommendations in order to ensure that the integrated operation of the National Transportation System of Natural Gas will be safe, trustworthy and economical (Article 4).

ii) Issue opinions concerning the priority order of natural gas provision whenever unavoidable restrictions or serious emergency situations, of a non-transitory nature, affect the natural gas supply and prevent it from ensuring a minimum satisfaction of the demand (Article 16).

Through Decree 1175 of 1999 (Article 1), existing norms concerning the CTG were declared null and it was determined that the CNO would carry out advisory functions, according to what has been established by the Exclusive Regulations for the Transportation of Natural Gas (RUT), which was issued through Resolution No. 071 of 1999 by the Commission for the Regulation of Energy and Gas (CREG).

Subsequently, the CNO was regulated through Decrees 2225 of 2000 and 2282 of 2001.

The National Council for the Operation of Natural Gas consists of:

1. One (1) representative of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, who presides it;

2.Four (4) representatives of producing companies at a rate of one (1) for every 25% of the country's total gas production;

3.Four (4) representatives of distributors at a rate of one (1) for every 25% of the country's total demand; two (2) of them are representatives of the thermoelectric sector;

4. One (1) representative of the National Center for Electrical Dispatch.

5. Representatives from natural gas transportation systems with a capacity of over 50 million daily cubic feet.

In accordance with Article 7 of Decree 2225 of 2000, it has been stipulated that in order to determine participation in the Council "The UPME, based on production, demand and capacity figures from the previous year between January 1st and December 31st, will determine the participation of representative members before the National Council for the Operation of Natural Gas (CNO). Said study must be published before March 1st of the year under consideration. The new CNO members will assume their responsibilities starting from April 30th of the year under consideration."

For more information, please visit: http://www.cnogas.org.co/