The project website www.marktgebietszusammenlegung.de on the German market area merger is now available online. In launching this website the German gas transmission system operators (TSOs) in close collaboration with the current market area managers have taken a first step to initiate a continuous market information process.
GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH (GASPOOL) has carried out an in-depth review of the past winter months and is currently developing measures to be able to address the potential system balancing and gas quality conversion requirements in the GASPOOL market area in the upcoming winter season.
The joint, nationwide market area to be established in Germany will presumably start operations on 1 October 2021. This is the date the German gas transmission system operators (TSOs) have agreed with the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur), the national regulatory authority.
The two German market area managers (MAMs), GASPOOL and NetConnect Germany, are today launching a consultation on a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of current information provision arrangements recently conducted in accordance with the so-called “GaBi Gas 2.0” ruling.
To ensure the security of supply for the upcoming gas year – especially in the low-cal gas areas – GASPOOL is offering two new balancing energy products: Long-Term-Options (LTO) und Short-Term-Balancing-Services (STB).
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.
From 1 April, GASPOOL will reduce the conversion fee it charges for the conversion of gas from high CV to low CV gas quality (H to L). The fee has now been set at 0.40 EUR/MWh for the period up to 1 October 2017, reflecting the fact that the low CV network areas of the market area tended to be oversupplied in past summer periods.
GASPOOL will require additional balancing quantities of Long Term Options (LTO) at short notice for the contract period from 15 February to 15 March 2017. The bidding period commences on 6 February and closes on 9 February 2017.
GASPOOL sets the balancing neutrality charges From 1 October 2016 until 1 October 2017 for gas deliveries to non-daily metered standard load profile customers (so-called “SLP” exit points) at 0.75 EUR/MWh and for intraday-metered “RLM” customers at 0.25 EUR/MWh.
On 1 September 2016 GASPOOL is currently planning to launch a tender process for its quality-specific system balancing requirements in the low calorific value gas sector (“low CV gas”), with contracts to be awarded for a total of 1,300 MW.
The introduction of locational order books for system balancing actions, i.e. order books for so-called zone-specific physical exchange trades, has allowed GASPOOL to meet 100% of its balancing requirements at specific locations that can be satisfied through standardised balancing products by trading gas on the European trading platform PEGAS and thereby to provide greater supply security.
GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH welcomes the decision by the German national regulatory authority Bundesnetzagentur not to veto the market area manager's intention to extend the phase-out period for the gas quality conversion fee by six months
Market area managers (MAM) have applied for permission to extend application of the conversion fee by six months; MAMs and TSOs in constructive talks on conversion mechanism with Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and German regulator BNetzA
GASPOOL identified an additional demand for control energy by 1 February 2016 and will therefore conduct a supplemental tender process on short term for the control energy product Long-Term Options (LTO).