Section 15 in The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act, 2006

Title: Registration of entities

Description: (1) Every entity desirous of— (a) marketing any notified petroleum or petroleum products or natural gas; or (b) establishing or operating a liquefied natural gas terminal; or (c) establishing storage facilities for petroleum, petroleum products or natural gas exceeding such capacity as may be specified by regulations, and fulfilling the eligibility conditions as may be prescribed shall make an application to the Board for its registration under this Act: Provided that no registration under this Act shall be required for any entity carrying on any activity referred to in clause (a) or clause (b) or clause (c) immediately before the appointed day but shall inform the Board about such activity within six months from the appointed day. (2) Every application for registration under sub-section (1) shall be made in such form and in such manner and shall be accompanied by such fee as may be determined by the Board by regulations. (3) The Board may, after making such enquiry and subject to such terms and conditions as it may specify, grant a certificate of registration to the entity allowing to commence and carry on the activity referred to in clause (a) or clause (b) or clause (c), as the case may be, of sub-section (1). (4) The Board may, by order, suspend or cancel a certificate of registration granted under sub-section (3) in such manner as may be determined by regulations: Provided that no order under this sub-section shall be made unless the entity concerned has been given a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

Title: Authorisation

Description: No entity shall— (a) lay, build, operate or expand any pipeline as a common carrier or contract carrier, (b) lay, build, operate or expand any city or local natural gas distribution network, without obtaining authorisation under this Act: Provided that an entity,-- (i) laying, building, operating or expanding any pipeline as common carrier or contract carrier; or (ii) laying, building, operating or expanding any city or local natural gas distribution network, immediately before the appointed day shall be deemed to have such authorisation subject to the provisions of this Chapter, but any change in the purpose or usage shall require separate authorisation granted by the Board.

Title: Application for authorization

Description: (1) An entity which is laying, building, operating or expanding, or which proposes to lay, build, operate or expand, a pipeline as a common carrier or contract carrier shall apply in writing to the Board for obtaining an authorisation under this Act: Provided that an entity laying, building, operating or expanding any pipeline as common carrier or contract carrier authorised by the Central Government at any time before the appointed day shall furnish the particulars of such activities to the Board within six months from the appointed day. (2) An entity which is laying, building, operating or expanding, or which proposes to lay, build, operate or expand, a city or local natural gas distribution network shall apply in writing for obtaining an authorisation under this Act: Provided that an entity laying, building, operating or expanding any city or local natural gas distribution network authorised by the Central Government at any time before the appointed day shall furnish the particulars of such activities to the Board within six months from the appointed day. (3) Every application under sub-section (1) or sub-section (2) shall be made in such form and in such manner and shall be accompanied with such fee as the Board may, by regulations, specify. (4) Subject to the provisions of this Act and consistent with the norms and policy guidelines laid down by the Central Government, the Board may either reject or accept an application made to it, subject to such amendments or conditions, if any, as it may think fit. (5) In the case of refusal or conditional acceptance of an application, the Board shall record in writing the grounds for such rejection or conditional acceptance, as the case may be.

Title: Publicity of applications

Description: When an application for registration for marketing notified petroleum, petroleum products and natural gas, or for establishing and operating a liquefied natural gas terminal, or for establishing storage facilities for petroleum, petroleum products or natural gas exceeding such capacity as may be specified by regulations, is accepted whether absolutely or subject to conditions or limitations, the Board shall, as soon as may be, cause such acceptance to be known to the public in such form and manner as may be provided by regulations.

Title: Grant of authorization

Description: (1) When, either on the basis of an application for authorisation for laying, building, operating or expanding a common carrier or contract carrier or for laying, building, operating or expanding a city or local natural gas distribution network is received or on suo motu basis, the Board forms an opinion that it is necessary or expedient to lay, build, operate or expand a common carrier or contract carrier between two specified points, or to lay, build, operate or expand a city or local natural gas distribution network in a specified geographic area, the Board may give wide publicity of its intention to do so and may invite applications from interested parties to lay, build, operate or expand such pipelines or city or local natural gas distribution network. (2) The Board may select an entity in an objective and transparent manner as specified by regulations for such activities.