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Access to the Network

You want to supply a new public distribution system with natural gas or you want to broaden the existing distribution network by creating a new supply point on the transmission network.

GRTgaz supports you throughout your connection project.

Connecting you to the transport network means providing connection facilities to supply your site with natural gas. The connection facilities are composed of one or more connections and one or more delivery points.

Two types of projects are defined for a new connection.The first ones are called 'basic case' projects; the other ones are known as 'other cases' projects and deal with specific requirements.


Definition of 'basic cases':

  • New point (flow rate up to 10,000 Nm3/h)
  • Branch connection shorter than 100 metres, may be extended if it causes no additional complication described in the following point
  • Connection to an upstream pipeline with diameter less than 300 mm
  • Requiring neither special constructions (river crossing, railway crossing or major road, etc.) nor the installation of specialised equipment
  • Land appropriate for a delivery point, land not complex
  • Connection facility located outside an urban environment
  • Requiring an application for a French transport authorisation under the simplified procedure (APS): no French Public Utility Declaration, no impact study and control of land aspects for the entire project.

 

By application of articles L.111-19 and L.111-48 of the French Energy Code, GRTgaz is the owner of connection facilities.

View the connection procedure, approved by CRE.

GRTgaz supports you throughout your connection project.

Information about connection

From the preliminary statement of requirement that you completed, GRTgaz carries out preliminary studies and provides you information about the connection.

This non-binding study is carried out free-of-charge. It provides you with a budget cost and an estimated calendar for your connection project.

This is an optional step.


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Connection studies

Connection studies consist of feasibility studies and basic studies. After these studies, GRTgaz submits a connection proposal.

In certain situations, this stage may only include basic studies.

Feasibility studies:
The feasibility studies begin once the feasibility studies agreement is signed.

These studies are invoiced and must be paid for on completion of the studies.

After feasibility studies, GRTgaz will submit a feasibility report valid for six months. It comprises  in particular a binding estimate- presented as a range-of the price for connection facilities, an estimated schedule for the work and the specifications for the connection facilities.


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Basic studies:
Once the connection studies agreement has been signed, the basic studies begin These studies are invoiced and you can pay for this service when the studies are carried out.

After these studies, GRTgaz will submit a connection and injection proposal, valid for 6 months, constituting a final commercial proposal. This proposal contains the price, the completion schedule, the specifications for the connection facilities, as well as the operating and maintenance conditions for these facilities.


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GRTgaz supports you throughout your connection project.

The Connection-Delivery Interface contract

The Connection-Delivery Interface contract comprises:

  • general terms & conditions applicable to all connection contracts
  • special terms & conditions setting out specific features of your contract, such as the specifications of the branch connection and delivery point, the date for introducing gas into connection facilities, commitments made by GRTgaz for delivery terms & conditions (delivery pressure, start, etc.), as well as the price of connection contract services.


The connection-delivery interface contract generally lasts for ten years following signature. This contract may subsequently be tacitly renewed annually.

Contract and related docs


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Transmission-Distribution Contract:

Prior to commissioning your distribution network, you must ensure that a supplier has signed a natural gas distribution routing contract with you.

The list of natural gas suppliers is available on the Energie info website.


In this context, you must undertake to send us the ties between the distribution routing contracts and the transport routing contract by means of a joint declaration.

View the various procurement solutions for your distribution network.

GRTgaz supports you throughout your connection project.

Branch connection refers to the transport structure providing the link between the main network or regional network, as appropriate, and a (the) Delivery Point(s)

GRTgaz supports you throughout your connection project.

Construction of the branch connection, in the 'basic case', comprises:

  • Laying a pipeline shorter than 100 metres in length
  • Connection of the branch connection to an upstream pipeline with diameter less than 300 mm
  • Fitting a regulatory valve and the insulating seal for entry underground.

A fixed pricing structure is applied to the 'basic case' for construction of the branch connection, based on the diameter of the branch connection. In 'other cases', pricing is specified by quotation. It is included in the price for providing connection facilities.

It is paid as an annual fee or on presentation of invoice.


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Delivery point

The delivery point refers to the facility located at the downstream end of the transport network. It contributes to ensuring that the delivery conditions meet the needs you expressed, particularly in terms of pressure and flow rate. It is also equipped with devices dedicated to metering, remote surveillance and filtration.


A fixed pricing structure is applied to the 'basic case' for the delivery point.

The delivery point package includes fitting and assembling the delivery point in situ, including fitting one or two pressure-reducing lines.

In 'other cases', pricing is specified by quotation.

The price for constructing the delivery point is included in the price for providing connection facilities.

It is paid as an annual fee or on presentation of invoice.


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GRTgaz supports you throughout your connection project.

Routing Utility services

Routing utility services consists of connecting the Delivery Point to the electricity supply and the public telephone network over a dedicated line. The price is specified by quotation and is payable on presentation of invoice, no later than the month after commencing gas supply.


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Civil engineering works

Civil engineering works comprise:

  • designs and construction permit,
  • levelling and preparing the ground,
  • laying foundation slabs to support the Delivery Point and electrical cabinet,
  • laying all sheaths and ducts required for the utility services,
  • installing a fence.

A fixed pricing structure is applied to civil engineering works for the 'basic case', according to the flow rate range of the delivery point. In 'other cases', pricing is specified by quotation.

It is payable on presentation of invoice and no later than the month following commencement of gas supply.


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