Ofgem slaps £375k fine on Welsh utility

Ofgem slapped a £375,000 fine on a Welsh utility after the firm admitted it didn’t keep up with reports about replacing iron gas pipes. Wales & West Utilities (WWU) breached […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Ofgem slapped a £375,000 fine on a Welsh utility after the firm admitted it didn’t keep up with reports about replacing iron gas pipes.

Wales & West Utilities (WWU) breached its obligations to deliver “timely and accurate data” about this work three times between 2006 and 2009.

The company voluntarily confessed to saying it decommissioned more pipes than it had done. Ofgem said the fine would have been higher without the firm’s cooperation.

Sarah Harrison, Ofgem’s Senior Partner in charge of enforcement said: “Having robust systems in place to ensure accurate reporting is very important and the decision to impose a penalty sends a clear message to the industry about the importance of providing Ofgem with accurate data.”