“Common carrier” means such pipelines for transportation of petroleum, petroleum products and natural gas by more than one entity as the Board may declare or authorize from time to time on a non- discriminatory open access basis under sub- section (3) of section 20, but does not include pipelines laid to supply-
- petroleum products or natural gas to a specific consumer; or
- crude oil; Explanation.- For the purposes of this clause, a contract carrier shall be treated as a common carrier, if-
- such contract carrier has surplus capacity over and above the firm contracts entered into; or
- the firm contract period has expired.
Source: The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act, 2006, No. 19 of 2006, India, amended as of May 2013. Legislation