Decision details

*Re-published: call-in no longer applies* Utilities Broker (Gas)

Decision Maker: Corporate Director of Strategic Resources

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


Award of gas supply contract to Corona Energy through YPO Framework Agreement 986, for the supply of gas to corporate properties and traded customers from April 2021 to March 2025.

Reasons for the decision:

*PLEASE NOTE This decision was originally published on or near the date of the decision and so call in no longer applies. It has been re-published as part of the change in committee management system that we use.*

North Yorkshire County Council’s (the Council’s) current gas supply contract expires on 31 March 2021. It is essential, for the continuity of service across both the corporate property estate and traded customers, that a new supply arrangement is in place from 1 April 2021.

Natural gas, as a commodity, is purchased directly from the market. The Service Area does not have the resources available to undertake the direct purchase of commodities, so the Council uses, and will require in the future, a broker to do this. The use of YPO’s new gas framework, where YPO act as the broker, is the proposed procurement route.

The urgency for the decision relates to the need to purchase gas ahead of use (12 months), commodity prices are very low at the moment and the sooner the contract is awarded the more advantage can be taken of the current dip in the gas commodity price.

Alternative options considered:

This is a re-procurement of existing provision. The current contract is with Corona Energy through YPO Framework 621 (Gas) and commenced on 1 April 2017. This contract will terminate on 31 March 2021 and there are no options to extend.

In order for the Council to purchase gas (and other utilities) directly from the market without using a third-party broker, it would need to employ a specialist with the requisite knowledge and expertise, and this would take time to realise in the event that a broker contract is not secured. Due to the highly specialised knowledge the role would require and responsibilities it would perform, there is a possibility that such a role may never be justifiable or authorised by the Council.

Publication date: 21/04/2021

Date of decision: 02/07/2020