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EU gas regulatory change

The EU Gas Regulatory Change Programme 2017 is part of the wider EU Gas Regulatory Change Programme that commenced delivery during 2013. The changes proposed reflect the amendments to the primary legislation in the Capacity Allocation Mechanism (CAM) Network Code and the Transparency requirements in the EU Tariff (TAR) Network code.

The associated UNC Modifications are 0597 ‘Rules for the Release of Incremental Capacity at Interconnection Points’ and 0598 ‘Amendments to Capacity Allocation Mechanism to comply with EU Capacity Regulations’.

This change is initiated primarily to ensure compliance with GB and EU legislation, but it is also proposed to take the opportunity to enhance existing business processes impacted by EU legislation and to improve the quality of data provided to the market.

We are working with our partners to deliver the system changes in August and October 2017. We will also be delivering a revised process for CAM Incremental which comes into force on 7th April 2017.

Although there will be some system changes to Gemini and MIPI, we do not envisage a high impact for our customers.
 

High-level timeline for delivery

A blue and grey table outline the timeline for EU gas change delivery


Previous gas change implementation (phase 2, 2015)

Please refer to the Past gas change page for previous implementation (phase 2) details.


Common reference conditions

Shippers will now place nominations for Bacton IP at the reference temperatures of 0/25. Gemini will be able to distinguish between gas flowing at reference temperatures of 15/15 and 0/25

  • 15/15 = GB units
  • 0/25 = EU units

This is being implemented to comply with the Interoperability and Data Exchange Network Code and Transparency Guidelines in Reg 715/2009.

How this may affect you

The maximum nomination period (30 days) will not be available for Users at Bacton IP, IUK and BBL, for Gas Day 1st May. Users will only be able to effectively nominate from D-20 (11th April 2016). The maximum notice periods available will then increase incrementally from Gas Flow Day 1st May 2016; until the full 30 day notice period is available again. This is similar to the transitional arrangements that were requested as part of the Gas Day go live on 1st October 2015.

Shippers will now need to nominate at 0/25 reference conditions at Bacton IP (approximately 0.1% less than existing 15/15 reference conditions).

Shippers will now need to nominate at 0/25 reference conditions at Bacton IP (approximately 0.1% less than existing 15/15 reference conditions).

Gemini will have the ability to draw a distinction between gas flowing at a reference temperature of 15/15 and 0/25. This will mean that certain processes will be undertaken at 0/25 (Nominations) and certain processes will be undertaken at 15/15 (Shipper Balance) in Gemini.

Changes to Market Information Provision Initiative (MIPI) to ensure that the data published on the NG Website is in GB Units.

Data published on ENTSOG transparency platform will continue to be published in EU units.

You can find out more on the Joint Office website, examples are also included in the MOD document.
 

Shipper to TSO data exchange

The Interoperability code requires Transmission System Operators (TSOs) to implement ‘common data exchange solutions’ in their nominations arrangements with TSOs and Shippers at Interconnection Points (IPs) – Interconnector UK, BBL Company, Moffat for GB).

TSO - TSO data exchange was successfully delivered as part of EU Phase 2 in 2015 utilising a Business to Business (B2B) solution layer.

We will meet the obligation by implementing an integrated solution with a B2B layer that enables us to communicate with a counterparty that has implemented a document based solution

How this may affect you

Shippers interested in taking up this opportunity should in the interim email Xoserve at [email protected].

Xoserve will then liaise with the Shipper and an individual implementation plan will then be created.

Shippers can sign up to using the B2B layer access before and after go-live of 1st May 2016, this is totally an optional/additional method and current arrangements can still continue.
 

Minor impact changes

Minor impacted changes going live consist of the following: 

  • Disapplication of scheduling charges at IPs
  • Publication of 10 years worth of future capacity data on ENTSOG Transparency Platform
  • Publication of hourly IP physical flow data

How this may affect you

Disapplication of scheduling charges at IPs

  • There will be a system solution to ensure that Scheduling Charges will no longer be applied at Interconnection Points
  • Removal of potential charges to the shipping community regardless of whether it is an ‘Allocate by Nominate Day or an ‘Allocate by Measure Day’

Publication of 10 years worth of future capacity data on ENTSOG Transparency Platform

  • Driven by Annex 1 Regulation 715/2009 - future Entry and Exit capacity data for all Relevant Points published annually 10 years ahead on the ENTSOG Transparency Platform. This information is currently available on the our website

Publication of hourly IP physical flow data

  • Above data on the ENTSOG – not requested by regulatory change but agreed by ENTSOG

To find out more or to ask a question, please email us on [email protected].

 

Gas change documents