Reported issue ID: 01/2019
Missing harmonisation of interfaces on capacity platforms
by Equinor ASA
Today there are 4 capacity platforms (Prisma, Gaz System, GBS (Gassco booking site) and a Hungarian platform). There is also more to come. In addition TSO's are also running some capacity processes like overnomination and interruptable capacities via their own sites. In the common data exchange solutions table from ENTSOG it was decided that for capacity interactive data exchange should be used. In our opinion this have created a situation where some of the processes is harmonised but the data exchange and platforms are completely different. This makes it difficult for network users (Balancing responsible parties) to keep track of their capacity and to get an overview of options available for transporting the gas in Europe and also the cost involved to do so.
Capacity and transport rights are very important information that directly affect the gas prices that a network user can give to receiving part. Most networkusers that have portfolios in different european countries want to digitalise this process and to do that today is very costly because of the lack of harmonisastion when it comes to data exchange.
We agree with the statement in the network code on interoperability network code that states:
(3): "The lack of harmonisation in technical, operational and communication areas could create barriers to the free
flow of gas in the Union, thus hampering market integration. Union interoperability and data exchange rules
should allow the necessary harmonisation in those areas, therefore leading to effective market integration. For
that purpose and for facilitating commercial and operational cooperation between adjacent transmission system
operators, this Regulation should address interconnection agreements, units, gas quality, odourisation and data
exchange. It should provide rules and procedures to reach an appropriate level of harmonisation towards efficient
gas trading and transport across gas transmission systems in the Union."
Because of this we think that this is missing for capacity data exchange and there is a need to hamronize the data exchange for capacity.
Missing information regarding capacity is effecting both the balancing and transport og gas.
Network Code on Interoperability and Data Exchange Rules, Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/703
- Czech Republic
- Northern Ireland
- United Kingdom
- Bayernets GmbH (DE)
- BBL Company V.O.F. (NL)
- Bulgartransgaz EAD (BG)
- Conexus Baltic Grid (LV)
- Adjustement of implementation
|Bayernets GmbH (DE)|
|BBL Company V.O.F. (NL)|
|Bulgartransgaz EAD (BG)|
|Conexus Baltic Grid (LV)|
|Creos Luxembourg S.A. (LU)|
|DESFA S.A. (GR)|
|Elering AS (EE)|
|ENAGAS TRANSPORTE S.A.U (ES)|
|eustream, a.s. (SK)|
|FGSZ Natural Gas Transmission Private Company Limited By Shares (HU)|
|Fluxys Belgium S.A. (BE)|
|Fluxys Deutschland GmbH (DE)|
|Fluxys Tenp GmbH (DE)|
|Gas Connect Austria GmbH (AT)|
|Gas Networks Ireland (IE)|
|Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. (PL)|
|GASCADE Gastransport GmbH (DE)|
|Gastransport Nord GmbH (DE)|
|Gasum Oy (FI)|
|Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH (DE)|
|Gasunie Transport Services B.V. (NL)|
|GNI Limited (UK)|
|GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH (DE)|
|Infrastrutture Trasporto Gas SpA (IT)|
|Interconnector Limited (UK)|
|Lubmin-Brandow Gastransport GmbH (DE)|
|National Grid Gas plc (UK)|
|NEL Gastransport GmbH (DE)|
|NET4GAS, s.r.o. (CZ)|
|Nowega GmbH (DE)|
|Ontras Gastransport GmbH (DE)|
|OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co. KG (DE)|
|Open Grid Europe GmbH (DE)|
|PLINOVODI d.o.o. (SI)|
|Premier Transmission Limited (UK)|
|Regasificadora del Noroeste S.A. (ES)|
|REN - Gasodutos, S.A. (PT)|
|Snam Rete Gas S.p.A. (IT)|
|Società Gasdotti Italia S.p.A. (IT)|
|Swedegas AB (SE)|
|terranets bw GmbH (DE)|
|Thyssengas GmbH (DE)|
|Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (GR)|
|Trans Austria Gasleitung GmbH (AT)|
|Transgaz S.A. (RO)|
|AB Amber Grid (LT)|
|JordgasTransport GmbH (DE)|
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Public consultation to understand network users’ preferences in having a common format and protocol for communication to Capacity Booking Platforms
To achieve harmonisation ACER and ENTSOG propose the following steps to
be undertaken in order to provide a solution for the reported issue:
• ENTSOG will propose to change the Common data exchange solutions table (CNOT)
and propose document-based exchange solution for capacity (interactions between
Network Users and Capacity Booking Platforms) and leave the interactive data
exchange as a voluntary option.
• An amendment of the INT&DE NC as detailed in Annex I. It is proposed to amend the
following Articles: 1(2), 20 (1) & (2) and 23(1) & (2). The amendment reflects the
proposals provided for the previous FUNC case on data exchange at VTP and storage.
• In the future further studies can be developed to assess the impact of higher-level
harmonisation of this issue.
• The proposed amendments for the specific processes are described in the Common
Data Exchange Solution Table as detailed in Annex II.
• Please note that ultimate outcome of the proposals may deviate from the proposed
solutions described in Annex I & II because additional process steps outside the FUNC
process are required. Annex I has to go through a comitology process lead by the
European Commission. Annex II has to be publicly consulted as this is the part of the
amendment process of the Common Network Operation tools as stated in INT & DE
NC Art. 24 (2). The results of the consultation on the Common Data Exchange Solution
Table may trigger further amendments of the INT & DE NC next to those proposed in
For further details, reference is made to the Solution note and Annexes below.