The Upstream Industry Coordination Group (UICG) comprises representatives from each of the terminal operators. They provide an essential link in the communications flow path between industry and Government and for taking mitigating action to avert a potential national energy crisis.
Representatives of the UICG are arranged into five Terminal Groups (see Table 1), each representing a number of gas terminals grouped roughly according to company, and also Liquid Natural Gas imports. Each Terminal Group will be coordinated by a Terminal Group Leader (TGL) who will automatically take up their role at BLACK Alert status and upon DECC’s request for SITREPS. After mobilisation, the TGLs will be the conduit for all communications between the JRT and the UICG. The TGLs will operate remotely, but with telecommunication links to the JRT and National Grid. Groups have been arranged to minimise commercial conflict through exposure of confidential information.