Europe-wide market survey "more capacity" very successful: Transmission network operators release demand analysis

A total of 73 single inquiries extend to the year 2041 – additional technical studies planned

Kassel. The transmission network operators (TSOs) GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH and ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH posted an analysis of their Europe-wide market survey “more capacity” online today. Eight market players submitted 73 individual inquiries relating to both freely allocable capacity (fac) and dynamically allocable capacity (dac). The inquiries extend to the year 2041 and involve the market area transition points between GASPOOL and Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and NetConnect Germany (NCG). The entry/exit capacities requested amount to up to 89 gigawatts per year (entry) and approx. 107 gigawatts per year respectively (exit). 

With the results in hand, the participating TSOs prepare technical studies in the next step. These studies focus on the present transport infrastructure at each surveyed market area transition point and the ascertained cross-market-area capacity need. The results will also lead to the development of necessary expansion plans, including new pipeline links, entry/exit stations and new compressor stations.

In order to identify possible links to projects that are part of the Network Development Plan (NDP) Gas 2016 at an early stage and compile details about them for German regulators, the technical studies are being synchronized with the modeling of NDP 2016. They will be completed by the end of March 2016.

As a complement to the NDP process, the three PNOs conducted a market survey from August 21 through October 16, 2015, to determine the need for new transport capacities for H-gas along the boundaries of the GASPOOL market area. The aim was to project future demand for new cross-market-area transport capacities as early and as realistically as possible in order to support the expansion of the gas pipeline infrastructure in terms of the European internal market and supply security.