The Pilbara Networks Access Code (PNAC) is the key instrument that will govern access to lightly regulated networks in the Pilbara region.
From 1 July 2021, the Horizon Power’s coastal (Pilbara) network and the Alinta Port Hedland network will be covered and open to third party access.
The light regulation option is currently only available in the Pilbara region. The regime is light‑handed in that it avoids most of the up-front time and costs associated with full regulation by deferring various issues from up-front determination to negotiation and, if necessary, arbitration.
The light regulation model was adapted from Part 23 of the National Gas Rules, which was introduced in 2017 to provide a simpler means of access to non-scheme (i.e. non-covered) pipelines in Western Australia and other jurisdictions.