10.06.2021

Note for the yearly capacity auction - Capacity products with effect from 01.10.2021

Regarding to the merging of the market areas to form the Trading Hub Europe (THE) we would like to inform about the following changes to capacity products before the yearly capacity auction.

These changes will be included in our Supplementary Terms and Conditions and the product data sheet which will be published on 31.07.2021 with effect from 01.10.2021.

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Dynamically allocable capacity (DZK) product at points requiring nomination (transit)

DZK at border crossing points (BCP), virtual interconnection points (VIP) and storage connection points enables network use on a firm basis from a predetermined associated entry point to a specified exit point or from a booked exit point to a predetermined associated entry point. The booked DZK can be used on a firm basis if the corresponding entry and exit capacities are assigned to the same balancing group. For the use on a firm basis, the sufficient use of the booked capacity at the predetermined associated network point is decisive. DZK at BCPs, VIPs and storage connection points are assigned to FZK balancing groups.

The following approved point combinations for the DZK transit product are available:

KASPAR DZK route allocations (xlsx-File)

After the market area merger, existing DZK contracts can be changed to DZK1 contracts by the TSO - the point combinations and product conditions will remain unchanged. Point combinations between different TSOs are possible. Point combinations in which OGE entry/exit points are involved will be published on the website of OGE in a format agreed between the TSOs.

 

Conditionally firm freely allocable capacity (bFZK) at virtual interconnection points (VIPs)

From 01.10.2021, we will offer conditionally firm freely allocable capacities only on a temperaturedependent basis at the following VIPs. Under certain temperature conditions. conditionally firm freely allocable capacities are, in principle, both firm and freely allocable within the whole market area and have access to the Virtual Trading Point of THE.

Temperature conditions for the VIPs Oberkappel and Waidhaus:

If the previous day's forecast for the daily average temperature at the metrological station in Essen is greater than zero degrees Celsius, the bFZK capacity becomes interruptible.

02.06.2021

Market information on VIP implementation

Based on the market information dated 07.05.2021, the companies Fluxys TENP GmbH (Fluxys TENP), GASCADE Gastransport GmbH (GASCADE), Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH (GUD), GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH, Gastransport Nord GmbH (GTG), ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, Open Grid Europe GmbH (OGE) and Thyssengas GmbH (TG) provide the following information on the introduction dates for the new VIPs to be formed as a result of the market area merger:

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Overview of new VIPs

New VIP

VIP-TSO 

TSO(s) involved 

IPs involved 

former VIP(s)

Introduction date

First marketing/ auction

VIP TTF-THE-L

EIC: 21Z012965309364T

TG

GTG  

GUD

OGE 

Oude Statenzijl (L) (GTG), Oude Statenzijl L (GUD), Elten (OGE), Vreden (OGE), Tegelen (OGE), Haanrade (TG), Zevenaar (TG), Dinxperlo

VIP TTF-GASPOOL-L, VIP-TTF-NCG-L

01.10.2021

Day-ahead-Auction on 30.09.2021

VIP DK-THE

EIC: 21Z8273645914289

GUD

OGE 

Ellund (OGE), Ellund (GUD)

 

01.10.2021

Day-ahead-Auction on 30.09.2021

VIP THE-ZTP

EIC: 21Z102938475601E

OGE 

Fluxys TENP 

TG

GASCADE 

Eynatten-Raeren (OGE), Eynatten (Fluxys TENP), Lichtenbusch (TG), Eynatten (GASCADE),

VIP Belgium - NCG

Expected on 01.04.2022

yet to be defined

VIP TTF-THE-H

EIC: 21Z0019743987060

GUD 

Fluxys TENP

GASCADE

TG 

OGE

Oude Statenzijl H (GUD), Bunde (GASCADE), Bocholtz (Fluxys TENP), Bocholtz (OGE), Oude Statenzijl (OGE), Bocholtz-Vetschau (TG),

VIP TTF-GASPOOL-H, VIP TTF-NCG H

Expected on 01.04.2022

yet to be defined

Considering the high implementation effort caused by the market area merger on October 1st, 2021, it is not possible to implement all THE-VIPs at the same time. The progressive introduction of the VIPs to be formed is also based on their respective complexity.

Until the introduction of THE-VIPs the marketing of capacities at the existing NCG and GASPOOL VIPs and IPs will be temporarily continued. As soon as the new THE-VIPs are set up, the transport contracts already concluded at the NCG and GASPOOL VIPs and IPs will be transferred to the new THE-VIPs and the relevant VIP-TSOs, as described in the Supplementary Terms and Conditions of the transmission system operators (TSOs).

A consolidation of the VIPs on the border to the Czech Republic is currently not planned. The current VIPs (VIP Brandov-GASPOOL and VIP Waidhaus NCG) will therefore continue to exist beyond the market area merger and will be renamed as VIP Brandov and VIP Waidhaus by October 1st, 2021.

01.06.2021

Cycling for a good cause - Every kilometre counts!

This summer, GRTgaz Deutschland is undertaking a cycling challenge. Besides staying physically active, we are using this opportunity to be socially active, too. For every kilometre a member of the GRTgaz Deutschland team rides, we will donate 0,10€ to an organisation promoting social action and sustainability. The motto of our campaign is „L’Allemagne à vélo“, or „Germany by bike“.

Follow along with us as we share tales from the trail and make the summer count towards a more sustainable future. If you are feeling inspired, share your own stories and donations by using the hashtag #LAllemagneAVelo.

28.05.2021

Binding network charges published with effect from 01.01.2022 for the new market area Trading Hub Europe (THE)

The network charges for a firm freely allocable capacity with a term of one year amount to 3.51 €/kWh/h/a for the market area THE with effect from 01.01.2022.

The determinations of the Federal Network Agency REGENT-NCG (BK9-18/610-NCG) & REGENT 2021 (BK9-19/610) as well as AMELIE (BK9-18-607) & AMELIE 2021 (BK9-19/607) - which form the basis for the determined charge - are subject to legal proceedings that have not yet been legally concluded.

GRTgaz Deutschland and OGE Go Live

Digital Customer's Days 2021

On May 18 and 19, 2021, GRTgaz Deutschland and OGE collaborated to create the Digital Customer’s Days. Though we could not have e-world this year, we wanted the opportunity to engage with our customers and share important news on the upcoming market merger of THE, updated product information, and current projects and events happening at our TSOs.

In addition to one-on-one customer meetings, we went live to share some introductory remarks, and ended the event with an interactive forum in Gather.town.

To watch the introductory remarks, including words by our managing director Nicolas Delaporte, visit the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXxqG-UqEZE

We look forward to offering more events like this as we commit to a more innovative and digital future.

Mark Your Calendars!

Digital Customer's Days 2021

On 18 & 19 May 2021, we will host our Digital Customer’s Days. The days will include introductory and closing group sessions, as well as one-on-ones that you may schedule with us.

We welcome the chance to connect with you and discuss big topics for this year, including capacity products, new publications, upcoming auctions, Trading Hub Europe, and more.

To receive a link to the group sessions, or to organise a one-on-one, please contact us at smile@grtgaz-deutschland.de. We look forward to welcoming you to the dialogue and engaging on an innovative and collaborative new platform.

Your Opinion Counts!

Weigh in on our new website

A few months ago, we launched our new website. With the new website, we wanted to highlight our commitment to being innovative, digital, and green.

We are curious to hear how your experience has been so far, and would like to invite you to take a short survey. The survey should take only 5 minutes, and will give us more insight into your use of the site, as well as help us learn where we can improve.

To take the survey, please follow this link:

https://survey.lamapoll.de/Website-Satisfaction-Survey-2021_Public/

The survey will be live until May 28, 2021. 

07.05.2021

Market information on VIP implementation (07.05.2021)

Against the background of the market area merger on October 1st, 2021, the companies Fluxys TENP GmbH (Fluxys TENP), GASCADE Gastransport GmbH (GASCADE), Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH (GUD), GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH, GTG Nord GmbH (GTG), ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, Open Grid Europe GmbH (OGE) and Thyssengas GmbH (TG) provide the following information for the upcoming annual auction:

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THE-VIPs will not be offered for marketing in the upcoming annual auction. The first auction date for THE-VIPs will be communicated in good time before the VIP introduction. Therefore, marketing at the existing NCG & GASPOOL VIPs and IPs will initially continue on a temporary basis. As soon as the new THE VIPs are set up, the transport contracts already concluded on the former VIPs will be transferred to the new THE -VIPs and the corresponding marketing TSO as described in the Supplementary Terms and Conditions of the transmission system operators (TSOs)

Overview of new VIPs
According to the current state of planning, the market area merger will combine the following IPs and present VIPs at the borders with the Netherlands (H-Gas & L-Gas), Belgium and Denmark to the following new VIPs:

A consolidation of the VIPs on the border with the Czech Republic is currently not planned. Accordingly, the current VIPs (VIP Brandov-GASPOOL and VIP Waidhaus NCG) will continue to exist beyond the market area merger. An adjustment of the VIP names regarding the new market area is currently being reviewed.

This Press release is available as downloadable document.

22.04.2021

Trading Hub Europe (THE): Project partners sign comprehensive package of contracts for the joint German gas market area

THE market area to start on 1 October 2021

Berlin/Ratingen, 22 April 2021 · On 21 April 2021, the cooperation contract, which provides for the merger of the two gas market areas GASPOOL and NetConnect Germany to form the Trading Hub Europe (THE) market area, was signed in Berlin.

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Since November 2017, the transmission system operators (TSOs) have been working on the details of the new nation-wide market area, which is to become one of the most attractive and liquid gas trading hubs in Europe. "The signing of the cooperation agreement marks a major milestone in this project. We now have a sound basis for the new joint THE market area, which will start trading on 1 October 2021," said Jürgen Fuhlrott from the project team.

In addition to the cooperation contract, the contracts for the merger of the two market area managers GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH and NetConnect Germany GmbH to form Trading Hub Europe GmbH were also signed. After entry in the commercial register, Trading Hub Europe GmbH will take over management of the GASPOOL and NetConnect Germany market areas until 1 October 2021 and subsequently become the operator of the new THE market area from 1 October 2021.

Intensive work is currently underway to push ahead with the operational implementation of the new market area. This work has included extensive IT system upgrades, which will undergo thorough testing over the coming weeks. "We are looking forward to the launch of THE with a great deal of confidence. The close cooperation of the TSOs and the market area managers has allowed us to take today’s step," said Bianca Dittmann, another member of the project team. "The continuous and constructive dialogue with the market participants and the Federal Network Agency has also been a key success factor.".

THE will benefit shippers and end users, network operators and balancing group managers alike. Due to its central location in the heart of Europe, the new Germany-wide market area will act as an international hub linking other European gas markets.

Trading Hub Europe GmbH will operate from its two offices in Berlin and Ratingen. The launch date for the nationwide market area is 1 October 2021. The high-pressure pipeline network in the new market area will have a total length of around 40,000 km and connect more than 700 downstream networks.

The market area manager’s responsibilities will include balancing group management, operation of the virtual trading point and the procurement of balancing gas for the new market area. In GY 2019/20, the virtual trading points of GASPOOL and NetConnect Germany registered transactions totalling 3790 terawatts of natural gas and 24 terawatts of biogas. Trading Hub Europe will serve approx. 600 balancing group managers.

Thus, Trading Hub Europe will ensure the operation of the joint market area and make an important contribution to the security of natural gas supplies in Germany and Europe.

(Press release as pdf-Document)

14.12.2020

The initiative – GET H2

GET H2 Initiative has realised in collaboration with ChemCoast e.V. and Chemie.NRW an explanatory film on the development of a hydrogen infrastructure by 2030.

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To establish the core for a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure in order to make an efficient implementation of the energy transition possible: This is the goal of the GET H2 initiative. Behind the initiative are companies and institutions that are actively committed to creating a competitive hydrogen market and to making the necessary adjustments to the legal and regulatory framework.
In several projects, the partners of the initiative are driving forward the development of the technologies and their market launch and are planning the implementation of infrastructures for the production, acceptance, transport and storage of green hydrogen (H2).

26.10.2020

Appeal before the Federal Supreme Court

GRTgaz Deutschland lodges a legal appeal against the establishment of REGENT & AMELIE before the Federal Supreme Court.

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On 21 October 2020, GRTgaz Deutschland and other complainants filed a legal appeal against the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court (OLG) of 16 September 2020 in the matter of REGENT & AMELIE. The background of the appeal is the so-called REGENT & AMELIE determination of the BNetzA and the associated joint application of the reference price method of the uniform stamp fees in Germany. In the opinion of GRTgaz Deutschland, the decisive point is that the model developed by DNV-GL (DNV GL Energy Advisory GmbH) is a cost-oriented reference price method, which has not been sufficiently appreciated by either the BNetzA or the OLG Düsseldorf. For this reason alone, in the opinion of the complainant, the decision of the OLG Düsseldorf and the BNetzA cannot stand.

The differentiation between cross-system and system-internal network functions, as shown by DNV-GL, shows that differentiation in terms of costs and thus charges is possible and in order. Appropriate cost-oriented pricing, which prevents cross-subsidization between different groups of network users, is also necessary to prevent new costs from being shifted from the distribution network to the transmission sector by means of combined network operators.

At the beginning of the year, the introduction of a joint stamp duty in Germany almost doubled the fees for GRTgaz Deutschland and brought the transit flows to France via Medelsheim largely to a standstill.

19.10.2020

Fuel Gas Tender Successfully Completed

On 14 October 2020, GRTgaz Deutschland once again became a first mover by awarding supply contracts for fuel gas in the form of biogas. In total, 17,520 MWh (approx. 5 %) of our forecast annual consumption in 2021 will now be covered with biogas.

As in previous years, the contracts were awarded by way of a tendering process via the online platform tender365. Five bidders participated actively in the tendering process, enabling us to secure attractive prices. Meanwhile, strict specifications in our terms of delivery ensured that the biogas meets the requirements to be considered carbon-neutral under the EU Emission Trading System for greenhouse gases. The biogas is supplied directly from German biogas balancing groups, i.e. it is physically fed into the NCG market area network.

Having had a successful auction, we consider increasing the share of biogas to up to 10% in future auctions.



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