Reported issue ID: 02/2018
Communication protocol and encryption
Market Area Operators (in particular in Germany) are making changes to the AS2 protocol (new encryption) instead of following the corresponding articles (21 – 23) on data exchange of NC Interoperability regulation.
NCG and Gaspool Market Area Operators are requesting changes to the AS2 protocol. For a network operator already bearing the cost of switching to the AS4 protocol, this request adds yet another cost. Moreover, maintaining 2 protocols is contradictory with the gas market harmonization effort.
Network Code on Interoperability and Data Exchange Rules, Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/703
- VIP L GASPOOL-NCG
- Other (Market Area Operator should follow NC INT.)
|VIP L GASPOOL-NCG|
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Public Consultations on Communication protocol and encryption
The consultation process demonstrated that stakeholders are supportive of the extension of the data exchange provisions in the INT NC to virtual trading points. Therefore, ACER and ENTSOG propose an amendment of the INT NC to achieve this as detailed in the attached slide pack. It is proposed to amend Article 1(2), 20 (1), 20 (2) and 23 (1) to extend the scope to virtual trading points and, subject to NRA decision, to points other than interconnection points (e.g. storage and LNG).
As for encryption algorithms, ENTSOG has established a dialogue with the German NRA (BNetzA) and the German institute for IT security (BSI) to find a possible long-term solution for document-based data exchange.