Market Merger: Invitation to our market dialogue in Düsseldorf, Germany

On the way to the nationwide market area, the event format Market Dialogue has established itself. Here, we inform you about the status and present current developments. We see the market dialogue as an important communication platform in order to get into the discussion with you as representatives of the market. The main focus of the upcoming event will be our reflections on the future capacity model of the nationwide market area as well as operational issues of the new market area manager.

The 3. market dialogue will take place at:

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 11 am (Registration starts at 10 am)
Location: Hotel Nikko
Address: Immermannstraße 41, 40210 Düsseldorf, Germany

The agenda will be forwarded to all registered participants one week prior to the event. We ask for a binding registration by October 14, 2019. To do this, please email the fulfilled attached registration form to marktdialogDies ist das Please note that initially only one participant per company can be registered. If there are still capacities available after the registration deadline, other participants of the company can also take part in the event. You are welcome to call the optional participants already in your registration. The market dialogue is aimed at both, German and English-speaking participants. The event will be held in German language, we offer simultaneous translation again. If you already have questions about the market merger, please let us know in advance on the registration form or by e-mail.

Registration form

We are looking forward to have an interesting discussion with you.

Your Transmission System Operators and Market Area Managers

market merger – projekt marco >> second market dialogue

On 4 June 2019, the transmission system operators and market area managers continued the market dialogue and informed about current developments in the marco project.

The shown presentations you can download here

New Portal Terms of Use for new registrations

The new GASPOOL Portal Terms of Use comesinto effect on 4 February 2019. They apply to all Market Participants whose registration process was not yet completed on 4 February 2019 and to all those initiating a registration process after this date. The existing Portal Terms of Use shall continue to apply unchanged for Market Participants whose registration process was completed by 4 February 2019.

The changes to the Portal Terms of Use primarily concern the following aspects:

  • Change to the documents required in the registration process and the specifications for the market role “balancing group manager”, in particular:
    • Request for information on the business model for balancing group management
    • Provision of a tax certificate  
    • Provision of (European) good-conduct certificate for the members of the management and the users
  • Change to the options for refusing access to the portal, in particular:
    • Non-admission if there are specific grounds for believing that the Market Participant will not properly meet its statutory obligations as a balancing group manager or its obligations from the Portal Use Agreement or the balancing group contract (“unreliability”)
  • Change to locking users, in particular:
    • User locked in the case of “unreliability”
  • Change to termination options, in particular:
    • Termination without notice in the event of false statements by the Market Participant in the registration process

The new Portal Terms of Use can be found here.

Suspect of fraudulent behavior of balancing group managers

In both German gas market areas, suspected cases of fraudulent behavior by balancing group managers (BGM) have occurred in 2018. The market area managers (MAM) identified that some BGM in part caused extraordinary imbalances in their balancing group accounts within the relevant periods.

Imbalances between the inputs and offtakes recorded in balancing group accounts may generally result under the current rules. In accordance with the regulatory and contractual requirements, the resulting imbalance amounts are charged to the BGM based on causation. In the present cases, the MAMs currently assume that the BGMs in question caused their imbalances purposefully. Therefore, the MAMs must assume that the invoices will not be settled.

The relevant balancing group accounts were closed immediately (partially by extraordinary termination) following the contractual requirements. In addition, legal action has been taken against the BGMs. 

As the MAMs are currently in ongoing proceedings with respect to the relevant BGMs, the MAMs cannot provide any information regarding the amount of the damage, the payment details or even the names of the relevant companies.

In all suspicious cases, the Federal Network Agency was informed about the situation and the action taken. Furthermore the MAMs have taken the initiative to have the contractual framework amended.

Abolition of short-term balancing product MOL 3 from January 2018

The short-term balancing product currently ranking at level 3 of the merit order followed by the market area managers (MAMs) when taking market-based balancing actions (MOL) will be discontinued with effect from January 2018. Accordingly, GASPOOL will no longer use the balancing platform (“REPo”) it currently operates as an interim measure under the Balancing Network Code and will not be required to seek an extension of the interim measure beyond 16 April 2019.

The current decision is a reflection of recent developments, including the introduction of new products on the exchange the MAMs can now use to physically balance their market areas, which expanded the range of balancing tools available. Also, if the need arises, the MAMs can use the additional balancing services ranking at level 4 of the merit order (MOL 4), which now include both long-term and short-term products. To ensure efficient processes, all future tendering activities relating to these balancing services will be carried out via a tendering platform.

Encryption and digital signature

According to a decision handed down by the German national regulatory authority Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) on 20 December 2016 regarding necessary amendments to the rules for electronic market communication in order to meet the requirements laid down in the German Act on the Digitisation of the Energy Transition (decision ref: BK7-16-142), from 1 June 2017 all market participants will have an obligation to use encryption and electronic signatures when sending and receiving EDIFACT messages. 

Where can I find the GASPOOL SMTP-Key?

In order to implement the decision, senders and recipients need to exchange and test their public keys and corresponding certificate chains in advance. GASPOOL’s public SMTP key and corresponding certificate chain consisting of our intermediate and root certificates are now provided and can be accessed here:

Certificates for the electronic encryption for sending EDIFACT messages

How do I transmit my Certificate Chain to GASPOOL?


Please contact our customer service team by e-mail and attach the certificate chain (Root, intermediary and public certificates) to the mail in a zip-file. Once the data you provided is complete we will contact you to arrange a date for the switch over.

Further Information

It is important that you provide our service provider with the complete set of certificates consisting of the root certificate, intermediary certificate and the public certificate for your email.

Please never publish your private certificate.

The following diagram describes the encryption and signature process.

The following Key-Usage must be supplied: 

Example certificate set: 

Publication of implementation of the BMWi (German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy) policy paper

Joint statement of GASPOOL and its shareholders regarding the Federal Councils decision on the amendment of the Regulation on Access to Gas Supply Networks (GasNZV)

GASPOOL and its shareholders acknowledge the political will for the redesign of the third party access in Germany. They express their will to cooperate and help to develop further the German gas market areas in a constructive manner. In this context, the current high level of the security of supply has to be preserved.

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Information about variety of submitted Weighted Average Price regarding the PEGAS market information from 17 November 2016

Since October 2015 PEGAS has provided Weighted Average Prices per Delivery Day (APDD) to both market area managers (MAM) NetConnect Germany GmbH & Co. KG (NCG) and GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH. Acc. to GaBi Gas 2.0 (Az.: BK7-14-020) these APDD are used as a price basis for various settlement items (e.g. positive/negative imbalances and RLM quantity differences). Furthermore the APDD is relevant for the calculation of the Monthly Average Price as well as the Quantity Reconciliation for SLP Exit Points-Price.

The MAM were informed by PEGAS that due to an inaccurate calculation procedure in the determination of the APDD a variety of submitted APDD were calculated incorrectly since 1 October 2015. The inaccurate calculation procedure has been solved on 7 November 2016 and since then the daily APDD provided by PEGAS are calculated correctly. Please find an overview of all incorrect and corrected APDD here:

For you as a balancing group manager this means that the MAM generally desist from correcting balancing group settlements which have already been made due to the fact that the commercial effect for the market areas is very low over the entire period. For the period between October 2015 and August 2016 the commercial effect amounts in a low five-digit area for all balancing group settlements of GASPOOL. For the balancing group settlement as of September 2016 the correct APDD are used as price basis.

As the differences relating to the Quantity Reconciliation for SLP Exit Points settlement as well as the settlement of the Network Balancing Account are small, GASPOOL generally desist from correcting these settlements.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact your GASPOOL contact person.

Adjustment of Business terms & conditions and description of Demand Side Management products

GASPOOL as market area operator has adjusted the Business terms and conditions for control energy and the accompanying annexes.

Pursuant to paragraph 11 of article 5 of the Business terms & conditions for control energy the market area operator has the right to amend the Business terms and conditions at any time. All contractual datas remain unaffected. Furthermore, pursuant to paragraph 11 of article 5, the market area operator is obligated to publish the Business terms & conditions for existing contracts six weeks before the entry into force. This information was send via email on Friday, august 5th to all registered Balancing Group Managers.

This adapted Business terms & conditions, that will apply from 1 October 2016, are the basis for the tender starting 1 September and ending 22 September 2016 for Long Term Option Products as well as for the new product Demand Side Management. The performance period of the tender is December 2016 until March 2017.

Annex 2 of the terms & conditions (flexibility-product) remain unchanged.

Further information: GASPOOL to invite tenders for system bal- ancing requirements in accordance with BMWi policy paper on supply security

GASPOOL is going to conduct a tender for the adjusted product Long Term Options. The tender starts in November 2019. You will find more informations here.


The Name of the german-wide Market Area Manager will be Trading Hub Europe. The german TSO published a press release, you can find on the project website.


GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH has now published the new neutrality charges and fees it has set for its market area with effect from 1 October 2019.