Regulations of the Shenzhen Municipality on Fuel Gas

From: Shenzhen Municipal Legislative Affairs Office | Updated: 2018-11-27

(Adopted at the Seventh Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Fourth Shenzhen Municipal People’s Congress on July 26, 2006, approved at the Twenty-Eighth Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Tenth Guangdong Provincial People’s Congress on December 1, 2006)

Chapter I General Provisions

Article 1 In order to strengthen the administration of fuel gas, ensure the supply and safety of fuel gas, and normalize the order of the market of fuel gas, these regulations are hereby formulated.

Article 2 These regulations shall apply to the construction, operation, use, management of fuel gas and the sale, installation, maintenance and repair of fuel gas appliances.

Article 3 The construction, operation, use, and management of fuel gas shall follow the principle of overall planning, doing such construction as necessary attachments, rendering safety and convenience to the people, saving energy and achieving high efficiency, and ensuring supplies.

Article 4 The administrative department of construction of the municipal government (hereinafter referred to as the municipal responsible department) shall be the administrative department in charge of the fuel gas trade of the whole city.

The administrative departments of construction of district governments (hereinafter referred to as the district responsible departments) shall be responsible for the administration of fuels gas in the areas under their own jurisdiction according to these regulations, and accept the professional direction of the municipal responsible department.

The other related departments of the municipal, district governments shall be responsible for the related administration of fuel gas according to law within the scope of their respective duties.

The municipal government may make adjustments of the division of duties of the related responsible departments prescribed by these regulations according to practical conditions.

Article 5 The Fuel Gas Trade Association of the Shenzhen City shall formulate the code of conducts and the standards of service of the trade according to laws, regulations, and rules, and establish a trade-wide self-disciplining mechanism.

Chapter II Planning and Construction

Article 6 The municipal administrative department in charge of energy shall jointly with the municipal responsible department make a development plan for the fuel gas trade in accordance with the plan of the national economy and social development of the Shenzhen City.

The municipal responsible department shall jointly with the related departments make a special plan for the fuel gas construction of the Shenzhen City according to the city plan and the development plan for the fuel gas trade.

The projects of fuel gas construction shall be in line with the special plan for the fuel gas construction.

Article 7 The fuel gas construction shall observe the laws, regulations, rules, and compulsory standards, specifications on construction.

The safety evaluation and the environmental impact assessment for the construction of fuel gas stations shall be conducted according to the related rules.

Article 8 The municipal responsible department may work out the technical specifications on fuel gas construction, production and operation, and fuel gas facilities and appliances in accordance with the requirements for safety, environmental protection, energy saving, and the practical conditions of the fuel gas trade, and submit them to the municipal department in charge of standardization to be released for implementation.

The municipal responsible department may publish the catalogues of the technology, technique, equipments, and products of fuel gas to be restricted and prohibited from using.

Article 9 Construction units shall be responsible for investing to build the fuel gas pipes and facilities within the property line of the land used for construction projects, the government or pipeline fuel gas enterprises shall be responsible for investing to build the municipal fuel gas pipes and facilities according to franchise agreements.

Article 10 The design document of working drawings of a fuel gas project shall be examined by an institution of the examination of design documents of working drawings which has corresponding qualifications; the document shall not be put into use if it is not examined or fails to pass the examination.

The institution of the examination of design documents of working drawings shall conduct the examination according to the rules.

The design document of working drawings shall indicate the time limit of the reasonable use of the project. The time limit of the reasonable use of the on-the-ground fuel gas pipes shall be no less than 15 years, the time limit of the reasonable use of the underground steel pipes of fuel gas and the underground pipes of polyethylene fuel gas shall be no less than 20 years and 50 years respectively.

Article 11 The fuel gas pipes and facilities shall be built as necessary attachments to newly-constructed housing and other construction projects which need fuel.

The residential quarters which have their construction completed without building the facilities to supply gas by pipes as necessary attachments shall be encouraged to undergo a transformation in order to have the supply of gas by pipes. Specific measures shall be worked out by the municipal government separately.

In a section uncovered by the municipal fuel gas pipes, gas may be supplied by a group of bottles; after this section is covered by the municipal fuel gas pipes, the gas supply by a group of bottles shall be stopped.

Article 12 After a fuel gas project is completed, it shall be examined and accepted, and put on record according to the legal procedure. If the project has not been examined and accepted or has failed to pass the examination and acceptance, it shall not be put into use.

The construction unit shall collect, sort out the documents and data of the fuel gas project according to the rules on file management, and promptly transfer them to the office of urban construction file management and the related departments.

Article 13 After a pipeline fuel gas project has passed the examination and acceptance, the construction unit shall transfer the pipes and facilities, and the data concerning the completion of the project to a pipeline fuel gas enterprise. The pipeline fuel gas enterprise may not refuse or delay accepting without justification.

Before the transfer is completed, the construction unit shall bear the responsibility to maintain, manage the pipes and facilities; if there is any damage, the construction unit shall be responsible for repairing or renewing.

Article 14 The pipeline fuel gas enterprise shall complete the connection of the fuel gas pipes of a project to the municipal fuel gas pipes in 5 business days after the construction unit has completed the procedure for gas supply.

Article 15 The pipeline fuel gas enterprise shall undertake on its own or entrust an enterprise, which has corresponding qualifications, with the task to undertake the operations such as connection, emergency management, maintenance and repair, etc. of the pipeline fuel gas facilities which have been put into use after the completion of their construction.

Article 16 The term of the warranty on a pipeline fuel gas project shall not be less than 2 years from the date when the project passes the examination and acceptance upon the completion of its construction.

The original constructing unit shall be responsible for dealing with the quality problems which are found within the term of the warranty.

Article 17 The day-to-day services for the common pipes and facilities of fuel gas shared by customers shall be the responsibility of pipeline fuel gas enterprises, and the related expenses shall be borne by these enterprises; the expenses of the maintenance and repair, renewal, and transformation of the common pipes and facilities of fuel gas shared by customers shall be paid from the special fund for housing maintenance and repair; the expense of the maintenance and repair, renewal, and transformation of the particular pipes and facilities of fuel gas used by customers themselves only shall be borne by customers themselves.

When pipeline fuels gas enterprises are providing the services for the common pipes and facilities of fuel gas shared by customers, the realty management units and customers shall cooperate.

In case of maintaining and repairing, renewing, and transforming the meters of fuel gas, pipeline fuel gas enterprises shall be notified so that they can process the measurement registration.

The maintenance and repair, renewal, and transformation of the fuel gas pipes and facilities of customers shall be entrusted to the units which have corresponding qualifications.

Article 18 If the municipal pipes and facilities of fuel gas need to be replaced ahead of the expected time or to extend the time limit of their use, pipeline fuel gas enterprises shall organize experts to give proof according to the related technical specifications, and report it to the municipal responsible department to be put on record.

Article 19 If the municipal pipes and facilities of fuel gas need to be changed, an application shall be filed to the municipal responsible department and the change shall meet the following requirements:

(1) to meet the requirements of the special plan for fuel gas construction;

(2) to have the design, organization, and working plan which can guarantee the safety in constructing;

(3) to have measures which can make sure that customers’ safe and normal use of fuel gas is not affected;

(4) the other requirements prescribed in laws, regulations.

The municipal responsible department shall make a decision on approval or rejection within 15 business days from the date of accepting the application.

If the fuel gas pipes and facilities need to be transformed for the reason brought up unilaterally by the government or a fuel gas enterprise, the government or the enterprise shall bear the transformation expenses, and shall not shift the expenses to customers.

Chapter III Permission to Operate

Article 20 In case of undertaking the operations such as producing, storing, shipping and distributing, filling, supplying fuel gas, the license for fuel gas operation issued by the municipal responsible department shall be obtained. The following requirements shall be satisfied to obtain the license for fuel gas operation:

(1) to have the places and stations for fuel gas operation which meet the requirements of the special plan for fuel gas construction and have passed the examination and acceptance;

(2) to have the stable sources of fuel gas and the storage capacity which correspond to the scale of operation, and to have the gas, the quality of which meets the national standards

(3) to have the operation facilities which meet the national standards, and to have the installations to recycle the liquid residue in case of operating LPG;

(4) to have the personnel in technical fields and the other correspondingly qualified personnel who fit in with the scale of operation;

(5) to have an appropriate system of safety management and operation rules, and to have the fulltime personnel in charge of the safety management in production;

(6) to have the complete data and files concerning construction, production and operation, technology and equipments, safety in production, etc.;

(7) to have a preparatory contingency plan for the emergency management in the fuel gas supply and accidents, to have equipments, standby articles and devices, means of transportation, testing instruments which are necessary for emergency management, emergency repair;

(8) to have the safety evaluation report issued by the safety evaluation office, and to meet the requirements for safety in operation;

(9) the other requirements prescribed by laws, regulations.

The municipal responsible department shall make a decision on approval or rejection within 20 business days from the date of accepting an application.

Article 21 The operation of pipeline fuel gas shall be undertaken by franchise. No operation of pipeline fuel gas shall be allowed without obtaining the franchise right.

Article 22 If a fuel gas enterprise sets up branches such as fuel gas receiving stations, storage stations, storing and distributing stations, filling stations, gas stations for fuel-gas vehicles, etc., it shall be approved by the municipal responsible department.

In case of setting up a bottled gas supply station, it shall meet the following requirements and be approved by the responsible department of the place where the station is located:

(1) to have the Shenzhen-City license for fuel gas operation and the business license of the enterprise as a legal person;

(2) the installations of the station are in line with the special plan for fuel gas construction;

(3) to have a fixed site and facilities which fit in with the scale of operation and meet the safety requirements;

(4) to have a sound system of safety management and to have a preparatory contingency plan for repairing in fuel gas accidents;

(5) to have the personnel in technical fields and the other correspondingly qualified personnel who fit in with the scale of operation;

(6) the other requirements prescribed by laws, regulations.

The municipal, district responsible departments shall make a decision of approval or rejection within 15 business days from the date of accepting an application.

Article 23 A fuel gas enterprises shall meet the following requirements to set up a service center of bottled fuel gas:

(1) to have the Shenzhen-City license for fuel gas operation and the business license of the enterprise as a legal person;

(2) to have a legal place of operation;

(3) the service center is located within 5 kilometers from the supply station of bottled fuel gas of the enterprise;

(4) the total volume of the steel bottles of fuel gas stored in the service center is less than 0.36 cubic meters;

(5) to meet the corresponding rules of safety management.

If a fuel gas enterprise wants to set up a service center of bottled fuel gas,

it shall be reported to the district responsible department of the locality of the service center to be put on record, and the business registration shall be processed by the department of industrial and commercial administration. The district responsible department shall send a copy of the information, which has been put on record, to the related responsible departments such as those of firefighting, etc., and publish it on the related government websites.

Article 24 If the stock ownership, corporate name, registered address (operation places), legal representative of a fuel gas enterprise are changed, it shall be reported to the municipal responsible department to be put on record within 30 days from the registration for the change.

Article 25 In case of engaging in the installation, maintenance and repair of fuel gas appliances, the license for the installation, maintenance and repair of fuel gas appliances issued by the municipal responsible department shall be obtained. The following requirements shall be met to obtain the license for the installation, repair and maintenance of fuel gas appliances:

(1) to have an operation place which fits with the scale of installation, maintenance and repair;

(2) to have the professional personnel in technical fields and other employees who fit in with the scale of installation, maintenance and repair;

(3) to have the specialized equipments, tools for maintenance and repair, standby articles and devices which fit in with the scale of operation;

(4) to have a sound management system and service standards;

(5) the other requirements prescribed by laws, regulations.

The municipal responsible department shall make a decision of approval or rejection within 15 business days from the date of accepting an application.

Article 26 The fuel gas enterprises and their branches, the enterprises of installation, maintenance and repair of fuel gas appliances shall not allow the others to undertake the operation of fuel gas or the maintenance and repair of fuel gas appliances in their name by leasing, loaning, contracting, linking, etc.

Article 27 Fuel gas enterprises shall not provide the source of fuel gas, which is supposed to be used for operation, for the units and individuals who have not obtained the licenses for fuel gas operation.

Any units and individuals shall not buy fuel gas from the units and individuals who have not obtained the license for fuel gas operation.

Article 28 The system of recording and making public bad conducts shall be put into practice for fuel gas enterprises and their employees. Specific measures shall be worked out by the municipal responsible government separately.

Chapter IV Supply and Use of Gas

Article 29 A fuel gas reserve system shall be established to guarantee the supply of fuel gas. The municipal responsible department shall jointly with the municipal departments of energy, development and reform, finance, etc. work out a fuel gas reserve plan, and report it to the municipal government for implementation after approval.

Fuel gas enterprises shall implement the fuel gas reserve plan.

Article 30 The municipal responsible department shall work out a preparatory contingency plan for fuel gas supply, and put it into implementation after approval by the municipal government.

If the preparatory contingency plan is activated, fuel gas enterprises and customers shall obey the command and allocation.

Article 31 Fuel gas enterprises shall have the obligation to keep the normal supply of fuel gas to customers within the limits of the areas of their fuel gas supply except those customers who do not meet the requirements for gas supply.

When a fuel gas enterprise accepts an application for using gas, it may not specify that the customer should buy the fuel gas appliances and related products which are produced, sold by this enterprise or its designated units, and it may not require that the customer entrust this enterprise or its designated units of installation with the installation of fuel gas appliances.

Fuel gas enterprises shall establish and improve customer files.

Article 32 Fuel gas enterprises shall collect the pipeline fuel gas fee and other related service fees according to approved rates, and sell fuel gas at expressly marked prices.

Article 33 The information labeling system of fuel gas steel bottles shall be put into practice to record the information on filling, circulating of steel bottles. Specific measures shall be worked out by the municipal responsible department separately.

Article 34 Fuel gas enterprises shall ensure that the calorific value, composition, smell, pressure of their supplied fuel gas meet the national standards, and shall accept the supervision and random inspection of the municipal, district responsible departments and the departments of quality and technology supervision.

Article 35 The filled volume of a fuel gas bottle shall be in line with the specified volume on the label of this bottle, the difference may not exceed the range of the allowed difference prescribed by the state.

Article 36 If a fuel gas enterprise cannot keep the normal supply of fuel gas because of its work at construction, maintenance and repair, etc., it shall, unless there is an emergency, notify customers and realty management units by proper means 24 hours in advance if they might be affected, and shall inform them of the consequences, which might be brought about by the work, ahead of time.

If a fuel gas enterprise has stopped the supply of fuel gas for more than 48 consecutive hours because of its work at construction, maintenance and repair, it shall take the corresponding emergency measures to ensure the supply of fuel gas that customers need in their daily life.

Article 37 If a fuel gas enterprise terminates its operation, it shall be reported to the municipal responsible department to be put on record 30 days in advance; in case of closing or moving a bottled fuel gas station, it shall be reported to the responsible department of the locality of the station to be put on record 5 business days in advance, and appropriate arrangements shall be made for the supply of fuel gas to the related customers.

Article 38 Any unit and individual, except those providing the gas delivery service for the customers who give orders, shall not use motor vehicles or other means of transportation to store the bottled fuel gas to be sold either at a fixed site or by moving from place to place.

Any service center of bottled fuel gas shall not be concurrently engaged in the business unrelated to fuel gas.

Article 39 Any customer shall have the right to inquire of a fuel gas enterprise about the information on service, rates, etc. which is related to fuel gas, the fuel gas enterprise shall handle the inquiry promptly and make a reply.

If the fuel gas enterprise refuses to handle the inquiry or there is an objection to its handling, the customer may make a complaint to the district responsible department or the related departments. The department receiving the complaint shall promptly handle the case which is complained about, and notify the complainant of its handling of the case within 10 business days from the date of receiving the complaint.

Article 40 Customers shall strictly abide by both the rules on the safety in gas using and the contracts of the supply and use of gas, and may not take the following acts:

(1) to steal fuel gas, to damage fuel gas facilities;

(2) to engage in the activities of fitting up, decorating which jeopardize the safety of fuel gas pipes and facilities;

(3) to dismantle, refit fuel gas pipes and facilities without authorization;

(4) to dump the liquid residue from steel bottles, to fill a steel bottle from another steel bottle which is put upside-down;

(5) to dissemble the accessories such as angel valves, etc. without authorization, to change the test mark and paint color of a steel bottle without authorization;

(6) the other acts which jeopardize public safety.

Article 41 It shall be prohibited to sell directly exhausting household water heaters, naturally exhausting household water heaters, and other fuel gas appliances, the devices of which designed for safety and protection do not meet the requirements.

It shall be encouraged to produce, sell, and use energy-saving fuel gas appliances.

Anyone producing, selling fuel gas appliances shall provide the service of installation, maintenance and repair.

Chapter V Safety Management

Article 42 Fuel gas enterprises shall observe the laws, regulations on the safety in production, strengthen the management of the safety in production, ensure the input into the safety in production and efficient operation, and remove the hidden risk of accident.

Article 43 Fuel gas enterprises shall work out their preparatory contingency plans for the emergency management in fuel gas accidents, and report them to the municipal responsible department to be put on record.

Fuel gas enterprises shall organize the drills in carrying out their preparatory contingency plans on a regular basis, and revise the plans on time according to what is needed.

Article 44 Fuel gas enterprises shall conduct the regular inspection, repair, and renewal of pressure containers such as storage tanks, transport tanks, and their safety accessories, and register them for use at the departments of quality and technology supervision.

Article 45 The enterprises of bottled fuel gas shall strictly implement the standards of fuel gas filling, conduct the safety inspection of filling equipments, steel bottles before filling; and shall conduct the double check of the filled volume, gas density bottle by bottle after filling.

The personnel engaging in filling bottles with fuel gas shall obtain the qualification certificates for special equipment operation.

Article 46 The unit to do filling for bottled fuel gas shall not take the following acts:

(1) to fill a bottle without its technical files in hand or to fill the bottle of a unit which has not signed an agreement on entrusted management with this unit;

(2) to fill a bottle which does not meet the standards;

(3) to fill steel bottles directly from a storage tank or the transport tank of a tanker;

(4) to fill a steel bottle not used for fuel gas vehicles at a gas station for fuel gas vehicles;

(5) to fill a steel bottle from another steel bottle which is put upside-down.

Article 47 The steel bottles of fuel gas shall be sent to the institutions of steel bottle inspection and test, which have corresponding qualifications, to be inspected and tested according to the rules.

Any unit and individual shall not refit steel bottles or renew disused steel bottles without authorization. Disused steel bottles shall be brought to the institutions of steel bottle inspection and test to be destroyed together.

Article 48 Fuel gas enterprises shall work out the safety instructions for customers in gas using, distribute the manuals for the safety in gas using to customers, and conduct the propagation on the safety in gas using.

Fuel gas enterprises shall inspect the fuel gas facilities of customers and their safety in gas using at least once for 12 months, and keep good records; if the hidden risk of safety is discovered, a written notification shall be sent to the customer on time for rectification.

If there is a serious risk of safety and a customer refuses to rectify, the fuel gas enterprise may take measures for safety and protection such as stopping the supply of fuel gas, etc.

Article 49 The pipeline fuel gas enterprises shall work out and strictly implement plans for stopping, starting the gas supply. Customers and realty management units shall be notified of restoring the gas supply in advance.

Article 50 Fuel gas enterprises shall set up their offices in charge of emergency repair, and provide it with the personnel of emergency repair and necessary protective articles, vehicles and equipments, communication equipments, and inspection and test instruments, etc.

Fuel gas enterprises shall set up a 24-hour telephone on duty, and organize emergency repairing immediately after receiving a fuel gas emergency call. When the emergency repair is underway, the related units and individuals shall cooperate, and may not obstruct or interfere with the emergency repair.

If the emergency is so serious that the people have to be evacuated, the traffic has to be blocked, the supply of power has to be cut off, and the sources of fire has to be eliminated, the related departments of public security and fire fighting, transportation, power supply, etc. shall cooperate and give their assistance.

Article 51 If the personnel of emergency repair are caught in an emergency when dealing with a fuel gas accident, they may take appropriate measures to dispose of the other facilities which is in the way for repairing, but shall restore the original state afterwards. If the original state cannot be restored, the reasonable compensation shall be made.

Article 52 The system of public liability insurance of fuel gas enterprises shall be put into practice. Fuel gas enterprises shall be encouraged to purchase the public liability insurance for the possible loss of life, personal injury, and loss of property of the third party in their activities of production and operation. Specific measures shall be worked out by the municipal government separately.

Article 53 The business customers and realty management units, which use fuel gas, shall assign full-time employees to accept the training on the safety in gas using and to assist fuel gas enterprises in putting into practice the good management of the safety in gas using in their own units.

Housing owners and housing renters shall inform housing residents of the common knowledge of the safety in gas using.

Article 54 The municipal, district responsible departments shall often organize the education on the fuel gas safety, and raise the consciousness of city residents on the fuel gas safety.

The departments of education shall incorporate the education on the fuel gas safety in the contents of the education on safety knowledge as a whole for students.

Fuel gas enterprises and realty management units, etc. shall organize the education of the safety in gas using for residents.

Article 55 The news media shall advertise the safety in fuel gas using for public interests according to the related rules.

Article 56 The places and stations, supply and distribution facilities, and equipments of fuel gas shall have the conspicuous marks which meet the state rules, any units and individuals shall not alter, remove, damage, or cover them.

Article 57 The following acts shall be prohibited within the limits of the protective areas for the safety of fuel gas pipes and facilities:

(1) to engage in the operations of excavating by machines, exploding;

(2) to dump, discharge corrosive materials;

(3) to repair buildings, structures, and to pile articles;

(4) the other acts which might jeopardize the safety of fuel gas pipes and facilities.

Article 58 When engaging in underground constructing, any units and individuals shall inquire of the institutions of urban construction file management or fuel gas enterprises about the layout of underground fuel gas pipes in the areas of construction, the institutions of urban construction file management or fuel gas enterprises shall give a written reply within 3 business days from the date of receiving an inquiry.

If it might jeopardize the safety of fuel gas pipes and facilities, construction units shall notify fuel gas enterprises 3 day before starting construction.

Article 59 In case of constructing buildings, structures, or engaging in operations such as piling, excavating, jacking, exploding and other operations, which might jeopardize the safety of fuel gas pipes and facilities, within the prescribed limits of the areas under control for the safety of fuel gas pipes and facilities, a construction unit shall jointly with a constructing unit sign an agreement on the protection of fuel gas pipes and facilities with a fuel gas enterprise, and the fuel gas enterprise shall send professionals in technical fields to direct the protection for safety.

If a construction unit does not sign an agreement of the protection of fuel gas pipes and facilities when engaging in the operations which might jeopardize the safety of pipes and facilities, a fuel gas enterprise shall have the right to stop it and shall also report it to the responsible department promptly.

Article 60 Unless there is an emergency, any units and individuals shall not open or close the public valves on fuel gas pipes.

Chapter VI Legal Liabilities

Article 61 If the design documents of working drawings of a fuel gas project, in violation of Article 10 of these regulations, are put into use without being examined or without passing the examination, the responsible department shall order correction, and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 100,000 RMB; if the institution of the examination of design documents of working drawings fails to conduct the examination according to the rules, the responsible department shall order correction, and impose a fine of more than 5,000 but less than 50,000 RMB.

Article 62 If anyone, in violation of Article 19 of these regulations, changes fuel gas facilities without authorization, the responsible department shall order correction by a deadline, and may impose a fine of more than 2,000 but less than 20,000 RMB.

Article 63 If any one, in violation of Articles 20, 21, 23, 24 of these regulations, is engaged in the operation of fuel gas without obtaining the license for fuel gas operation or the franchise right for fuel gas operation, and any branch of a fuel gas enterprise is engaged in the operation of fuel gas without approval or without being put on record, the responsible department shall order stopping the illegal operation, confiscate the illegal earnings, the steel bottles of fuel gas, and the related equipments used in the illegal operation, and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 100,000 RMB.

Article 64 If the stock rights, corporate name, registered address (operation place), legal representative of a fuel gas enterprise, in violation of Article 24 of these regulations, are changed without reporting to the municipal responsible department to be put on record, the responsible department shall order correction by a deadline, and impose a fine of more than 1,000 but less than 10,000 RMB.

Article 65 If anyone, in violation of Article 25 of these regulations, is engaged in the installation, maintenance and repair for fuel gas without obtaining the license for the installation, maintenance and repair for fuel gas, the responsible department shall order stopping the illegal operation, confiscate the illegal earnings, and impose a fine of more than 2,000 but less than 20,000 RMB.

Article 66 If anyone, in violation of Article 26 of these regulations, allows the others to engage in the operation of fuel gas or the maintenance and repair of fuel gas appliances in their name by leasing, loaning, contracting, linking, etc., the responsible department shall order stopping the illegal operation, confiscate the illegal earnings, and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 50,000 RMB.

Article 67 If anyone, in violation of the first section of Article 27 of these regulations, provides the source of fuel gas, which is supposed to be used for operation, for the units and individuals who have not obtained the licenses for fuel gas operation, the responsible department shall order correction, and impose a fine of more than 5,000 but less than 50,000 RMB.

Article 68 If a fuel gas enterprise, in violation of the second section of Article 29 of these regulations, fails to implement the plan for fuel gas reserve, the responsible department shall order correction by a deadline, and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 100,000 RMB.

Article 69 If a fuel gas enterprise, in violation of Article 30 of these regulations, refuses to obey the command and allocation by the emergency command office, the responsible department shall impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 50,000 RMB; if it causes serious consequences, the license for operation shall be suspended.

Article 70 In case of violation of Article 31 of these regulations by failing to keep the normal supply of gas, requiring that customers purchase the designated products or accept the designated installation, the responsible department shall order correction by a deadline, and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 100,000 RMB.

Article 71 In case of violation of Article 32 of these regulations by collecting the pipeline fuel gas fee and other fees at the rates which are higher than the prescribed ones, the municipal department in charge of prices shall impose punishment according to the related rules on price management.

Article 72 If the quality and filled volume of fuel gas, in violation of Articles 34, 35 of these regulations, fail to meet the standards set by the state, the responsible department or the department of quality and technology supervision shall order correction and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 30,000 RMB.

Article 73 In case of violation of Article 36 of these regulations by failing to notify customers by the prescribed time and method or failing to take emergency measures according to the rules, the responsible department shall order correction, and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 30,000 RMB.

Article 74 In case of violation of Article 37 of these regulations by failing to report to the responsible department for putting on record according to the rules, the responsible department shall order correction by a deadline, and may impose a fine of more than 2,000 but less than 20,000 RMB.

Article 75 In case of violation of Article 38 of these regulations by using motor vehicles or other means of transportation as storage places to sell bottled fuel gas, the responsible department shall order correction, and impose a fine of more than 5,000 but less than 50,000 RMB.

Article 76 In case of violation of Article 40 of these regulations by failing to use fuel gas according to the requirements, the responsible department shall order correction; if the circumstances are serious, a fine of more than 500 but less than 2,000 RMB shall be imposed.

Article 77 In case of violation of the first section of Article 41 of these regulations by selling the fuel gas appliances which do not meet the requirements, the department of industrial and commercial administration shall confiscate the appliances, and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 100,000 RMB; in case of violation of the third section of Article 41 of these regulations by failing to provide the service of installation, maintenance and repair when producing, selling fuel gas appliances, the department of industrial and commercial administration shall order correction by a deadline, and impose a fine of more than 2,000 but less than 20,000 RMB.

Article 78 If a fuel gas enterprise, in violation of the rules on safety management, takes one of the following acts, the responsible department shall order correction by a deadline, and may impose a fine of more than 5,000 but less than 50,000 RMB as well; if the correction is rejected, a fine of more than 30,000 but less than 100,000 RMB shall be imposed:

(1) in violation of Article of 43 of these regulations, to fail to make a preparatory contingency plan to deal with fuel gas accidents;

(2) in violation of the second section of Article 48 of these regulations, to fail to inspect the fuel gas facilities of customers and their safety in gas using;

(3) in violation of Article 49 of these regulations, to fail to restore the supply of gas according to the requirements;

(4) in violation of Article 50 of these regulations, to fail to prepare the facilities and equipments for the fuel gas emergency repair, and to provide with the personnel of emergency repair and necessary protective articles, vehicles and equipments, communication equipments, and inspection and test instruments, et., or fail to do the emergency repair according to the requirements.

Article 79 If a fuel gas enterprise, in violation of the rules on safety management, takes one of the following acts, the department of quality and technology supervision shall order correction by a deadline, and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 30,000 RMB; if the correction has not been made after the deadline, a fine of more than 30,000 but less than 100,000 RMB shall be imposed; if it causes damages to others, the liability for compensation shall be held according to law:

(1) in violation of Article 44 of these regulations, to fail to do the inspection, repair, and renewal of pressure containers such as storage tanks, transport tanks, etc. and their safety accessories on a regular basis, or fail to register them for use at the departments of quality and technology supervision;

(2) in violation of the first section of Article 45 and Article 46 of these regulations, to fail to engage in the operation of fuel gas filling according to the rules;

(3) in violation of the second section of Article 45 of these regulations, to allow the personnel, who has not obtained the qualification certificates for special equipment operation, to engage in the operation of fuel gas filling;

(4) in violation of Article 47 of these regulations, to fail to conduct the inspection and test of steel bottles of fuel gas according to the rules, or to refit, renew disused steel bottles without authorization.

Article 80 In case of violation of the first section of Article 53 of these regulations by failing to assign full-time employees to accept the training on the safety in gas using and to assist fuel gas enterprises in putting into practice the good management of the safety in gas using in their own units, the responsible department shall order correction, and may impose a fine of more than 1,000 but less than 10,000 RMB as well.

Article 81 In case of violation of Article 56 by failing to put the conspicuous marks according to the requirements, the responsible department shall order correction by a deadline, if the correction has not been made after the deadline, a fine of more than 5,000 but less than 20,000 RMB shall be imposed.

Article 82 In case of violation of Article 57 of these regulations by taking acts to jeopardize the safety of fuel gas facilities, the responsible department shall order immediate stopping and removing, and may impose a fine of more than 2,000 but less than 20,000 RMB as well; if the circumstances are serious, a fine of more than 20,000 but less than 100,000 RMB shall be imposed; if it causes damages to others in a safety accident, the liability for compensation shall be held according to law.

Article 83 In violation of Article 59 of these regulations by constructing without signing an agreement on the protection of fuel gas pipes and facilities with a fuel gas enterprise, the responsible department shall order stopping the operation, and impose a fine of more than 10,000 but less than 30,000 RMB as well; if it causes the damage and destruction of fuel gas pipes and facilities, the liability for compensation shall be held according to law, and a fine of more than 30,000 but less than 100,000 RMB shall be imposed as well.

Article 84 In case of violation of Article 60 of these regulations by opening or closing the public valves on fuel gas pipes without authorization, the responsible department shall order correction, and impose a fine of more than 1,000 but less than 5,000 RMB; if it causes damages to others, the liability for compensation shall be held according to law.

Article 85 As for the fuel gas enterprises, the bad conducts of which on record accumulate to the prescribed extent, the municipal, district responsible departments shall order rectification according to the division of duties; if the circumstances are serious, to stop doing business for rectification shall be ordered.

Article 86 As for the acts to violate the related stipulations of these regulations on the construction of fuel gas projects, punishments shall be imposed according to the laws, regulations, rules of the state, Guangdong Province, and this municipality on construction.

Article 87 As for illegal acts to violate these regulations, the related law-enforcement departments may seal up or seize the steel bottles of fuel gas, means of transportation, and facilities, equipments used for illegal operation, and dispose them according to the related rules.

Chapter VII Supplementary Provisions

Article 88 The following terms referred to in these regulations shall mean as follows:

(1) fuel gas shall mean LPG, natural gas, artificial gas used in daily life, production;

(2) the municipal fuel gas pipes and facilities shall mean all the fuel gas pipes and facilities within the property line of the municipal planning;

(3) the fuel gas pipes and facilities of customers shall mean the pipes and facilities shared by customers and the pipes and facilities used by customers themselves only;

(4) the common fuel gas pipes and facilities of customers shall mean the common fuel gas pipes and facilities shared by customers within the property line of the sites used for buildings and residential quarters;

(5) the particular pipes and facilities of customers shall mean the pipes and facilities specifically set up for particular customers only, which generally end at the starting valve of these pipes for particular customers only.

Article 89 If these regulations prescribe that the municipal government or the

municipal responsible department should work out specific measures, the municipal government or the municipal responsible department shall work them out within 18 months from the date of putting these regulations into force.

Article 90 The municipal office of administrative penalty enforcement shall formulate the specific enforcement standards for the fines, punishments prescribed by these regulations. The specific enforcement measures shall be put into force with these regulations at the same time; if there is a need for revision, the formulating office shall make a revision promptly.

Article 91 These regulations shall take effect as of March 1, 2007.

(Note: The text above is a translation of the Chinese version for reference only. In case of any discrepancy between the two versions, the original published Chinese version shall prevail.)