According to §15a of the Energy Industry Act the German transmission system operators (TSOs) have been annually publishing in close coordination with the Federal Network Agency (FNA) an network development plan since April 2012. Starting 2016 the network development plan will be published every two years.
The network development plan includes all effective measures for demand-orientated optimization, reinforcement and demand-orientated extension of the gas grid as well as the guarantee of the security of supply. These are all technically necessary for a secure and reliable network operation during the next ten years. In particular, the network development plan identifies an implementation plan for those network expansion projects, which must be carried out in the next three years.
Besides this, GRTgaz Deutschland is actively involved in the European 10-Year-Network-Development-Plan group of ENTSO-G.