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Winter 2015-2016

No particular tension in sight for the gas system as winter approaches.

Winter Outlook 2015-2016 presentation - GRTgaz press Conference - 19 November 2015.

As the 2015-2016 winter draws near, the forecast operating conditions for the GRTgaz transmission network are seen as being satisfactory. Taking into account the data observed (storage levels, input capacities, etc.) and the expected behaviour of the actors, it is highly likely that gas supply will meet demand, even in very cold weather.

In the event of a cold spell, the analysis made by GRTgaz shows that continuity of supply could be ensured by relying on all the network entry points and in particular on feeds from the natural gas terminals at Fos and Montoir-de-Bretagne. The transmission network is also ready to absorb the new gas flows from the new natural gas terminal at Dunkirk. The major infrastructures recently put into service in north-eastern France have also enhanced the flexibility of the GRTgaz network, and they should enable it to avoid possible east-west congestion.

Since 1 October 2015, GRTgaz has applied the European network code covering balancing of the gas system. As from that date, the network users must feed into the network the quantities of gas corresponding to the quantities delivered to their customers. To manage their portfolios, the dispatchers are encouraged to use the Powernext trading market instruments or via direct exchanges. For its part, GRTgaz now intervenes on the market to ensure residual balancing 4 times a day, 7 days a week.

For the third consecutive year, as from 24 November, GRTgaz is renewing the vigilance information mechanism on its website for the attention of the network users, to avoid any tight situations that could arise during the winter. The information provides visibility covering five days, and it is accompanied by recommendations to be implemented in the light of the situations faced.