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ShipOnline no.96 - July 4, 2017 Version française
 
 
Summer 2017: a crucial step halfway to the Single Marketplace

 
 

One year ago GRTgaz and TIGF presented the future Single Marketplace project to the market in Concertation Gaz. It involved co-building a simple and competitive offer together with the market players in addition to the well-thought infrastructure investments: the project roadmap was written.

The workshops took place from this moment on a fast pace within the Groupe de Travail (GT) Single Marketplace set up for this occasion. No less than 10 meetings, alternating plenary sessions and expertise workshops, have allowed market players, clients and other infrastructure operators to understand the mechanisms of the residual limits management as well as maintenance management proposed by GRTgaz and TIGF.

A serious game "Game of flows" created by both TSO’s has enabled the GT participants to test the different mechanisms in order to identify the benefits and drawbacks and to be able to combine them at best.

All these discussions have led today to proposals built together with the different market players gathered by the CRE in the consultation to be launched this summer.

The main principle of the future single market zone will be identical to the one implemented for the Trading Region South (TRS): one Entry/Exit zone with a virtual gas exchange point (PEG) and 2 independent balancing zones (one for TIGF and one for GRTgaz). The single market zone is definitely called “Trading Region France” (TRF).

Among the 3 flow scenarios analysed in GT, participants agreed on a scenario of reference North/South to study the mechanisms of its 4 residual limits management. The analysis of the 7 initially thought mechanisms has led the market players to retain 3 for the 2018/2019 season:
  • the locational spread: incentivising market mechanism which consists in simultaneously buying gas downstream the limit and selling gas upstream. This mechanism will be tested as of winter 2017/2018,
  • the mutualised nomination restriction: last resort mechanism which consists for the TSO’s in applying a restriction of capacities on one side of the limit. This will compel the shippers to balance themselves on the other side of the limit,
  • the flow commitment: middle-long term mechanism which ensures a physical arrival of gas downstream the limits. This could be triggered only in case of shorted of gas stocks downstream and probable risk around the end of winter.
The public consultation will in addition allow to determine the principles of the TRF works management by both TSO’s.

In the same time, the infrastructure works Val de Saône and Renforcement Gascogne Midi (RGM) have been launched:
  • concerning Val de Saône, the setting of the 190 km of pipelines between Etrez (Ain) and Voisines (Haute Marne) sliced into 6 parts began in March,
  • in the south the building of the 61,8 km of pipelines for the Renforcement Gascogne Midi project, between Lussagnet (Landes) and Barran (Gers), will begin in July.
Next steps of this gas market project: the CRE decision in autumn and the operational implementation of changes decided.
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>> Val de Saône program

>> Renforcement Gascogne Midi project

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