GRTgaz Deutschland and the other German gas transmission system operators (TSOs) are for the first time launching an incremental capacity process in accordance with European legislation in addition to their planning works surrounding the Gas Network Development Plan. Market participants are invited to submit so-called non-binding demand indications by 1 June 2017 to inform the TSOs of their incremental capacity needs at entry/exit-systems and cross-border interconnection points. Market participants should note that non-binding demand indications for incremental capacity at entry/exit-systems and cross-border interconnection points that were submitted to one or several of the TSOs prior to entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2017/459 (CAM NC) must be re-submitted via the website stated below in order to be considered as part of the new market demand assessment process. This is the case for instance where capacity was sold at an auction premium in the 2017 yearly capacity auction, as auction premiums will not automatically be treated as a specific indication of demand.
The incremental capacity process is a key part of the “CAM NC”, which comes into force on 6 April 2017. Network users may take this opportunity to ask not only for additional firm capacity between Entry/Exit systems, but also for new firm capacity in a direction that is currently not being offered. For example, new firm capacity can be requested from France to NCG or from NCG to the Czech Republic.
Moreover, network users can express the need for additional freely allocable firm capacity at borders where restrictedly allocable firm capacity is offered.
A standard form for the submission of non-binding demand indications will be provided on a separate website set up by the TSOs for this purpose. The form will be available at www.fnb-gas-capacity.de along with further information from 6 April 2017.
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