Today, 25 March 2009, ERGEG launches a public consultation entitled ERGEG Recommendations on the 10-year gas network development plan.
ERGEG sees the 10-year network development plan as a key tool to improve competition and security of supply. It should provide a shared vision of the future to all the stakeholders. It has to be built on an assessment of the obstacles to gas transit across Europe and address priority developments and TSO projects. This public consultation seeks to initiate discussion and provide input to the Agency to develop guidelines for ENTSOG to work on long term infrastructure development in Europe.
ERGEG welcomes responses from all interested parties. Responses should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for responses is 29 May 2009.
A workshop on this consultation was held in Brussels on 29th April 2009.
A second workshop was held on 27 October 2009.
A third workshop was held on 26 January 2010.
And a forth workshop will be held on 14 June 2010. See the 4th Workshop tab for further information and on-line registration.
Following the public consultation period, ERGEG will publish all comments received from stakeholders. If a respondent would like ERGEG to treat their contribution as confidential, this must be explicitly stated in their submission. If possible, confidential information should be provided as a separate annex, so that the main document may be published.
Any questions on the consultation document should in the first instance be directed to:
Mrs. Fay Geitona
CEER Secretary General
Tel. +32 2 788 73 30
Fax +32 2 788 73 50
Under the 3rd Package, ENTSOG has to prepare every two years a 10 year network development plan (TYNDP) which will assess the existing gas infrastructure and the expected network investments for the 10 following years. The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) will provide an opinion on the plan and will monitor the consistency between community wide and national investment plans.
In 2009, ERGEG prepared its recommendations on the objectives, content and methodology of the TYNDP for gas, which had been submitted to a public consultation from 25 March to 29 May 2009. In addition, ERGEG engaged a consultant (EWI from the University of Cologne) to conduct a model based analysis of the EU gas system to EWI ( University of Cologne), aimed at better assessing ENTSOG work on its TYNDP.
EWI simulated supply disruptions to assess the future capacity of the network to react in case of major crisis.
This EWI report “Model-based Analysis of Infrastructure Projects and Market Integration in Europe with Special Focus on Security of Supply Scenarios” expresses EWI’s own views and not necessarily that of the European energy regulators, CEER/ERGEG. The content of the study represents a scientific analysis. Assumptions taken were agreed between the consultant and the CEER/ERGEG steering group. The purpose of the study is to provide an input to regulators in assessing ENTSOG’s work on TYNDP.
The ERGEG workshop on 14 June 2010 (the 4th workshop which ERGEG has hosted on the TYNDP) created the platform to present the study and discuss issues such as the planning process and the future infrastructure development. Participants requested an opportunity to comment on the study. As the study is an independent analysis by EWI and does not necessarily represent CEER/ERGEG views, ERGEG will consider these comments in its further work in assessing the ENTSOG TYNDP and also present any such reactions received from stakeholders to ENTSOG who is tasked with preparing the 10 year network development plan.
In order to provide some structured feedback to ENTSOG and regulators, below is a list of questions concerning the study. Comments should be sent to email@example.com by 31 August 2010.
- Do you agree with the modeling approach and the assumptions used?
- Do you think that a model-based analysis of the European gas network e.g. similar to that presented in the study conducted by EWI would benefit the TYNDP?
- Do you agree with the selected scenarios (supply, demand, infrastructure)
- Do you agree with the process taken by ERGEG to present and discuss the taken assumptions and selected scenarios using public workshops?
- Do you agree with the results of the EWI analysis (e.g. location of bottlenecks)?
ERGEG has conducted a study on a "Model-based Analysis of Infrastructure Projects and Market Integration in Europe with Special Focus on Security of Supply Scenarios” as a supplement to ENTSOG's work on its 10-Year Network Development Plan (10YNDP).
The pilot project - which is the first one actually modeling optimal EU gas flows and thereby looking into several infrastructure and demand scenarios - was carried out by the consultant EWI. Its applied "top-down approach" and modeling methodology could be used to provide regulators (ACER) with a better understanding on EU gas infrastructure dynamics and could serve as a tool to evaluate the ENTSOG's 10YNDP.
Many stakeholders already attended the previous workshops in October 2009 and January 2010, where scenario assumptions and intermediate results of the study have been presented and discussed upon.
Now that final results are available, ERGEG is organising a dedicated workshop to present the outcome and lessons learnt of this work and to collect and discuss stakeholder views on that matter.
ERGEG kindly invites you to participate in this workshop, which is scheduled to take place on 14 June 2010 at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel (Rue du Parnasse 19, Brussels).
Please note that the final report is available on the website. (More about the TIGER model under: http://www.ewi.uni-koeln.de/fileadmin/user/PDFs/TIGER.pdf)
Stakeholders interested in participating in the workshop should complete the on-line registration form no later than 9 June 2010.
Please be advised, that due to a space restriction, available seats will be allocated in a non-discriminatory way via the "first-registered-first-served principle" (max. of 1 (-2) people per entity). Of course, speakers are exempted from this rule.
We look forward to your participation in the workshop.
Brussels, 14 June 2010
Hotel Crowne Plaza Brussels – « Le Palace »
located at: rue Gineste 3, B-1210 Brussels – Metro Station: Rogier
Hotel Silken Berlaymont
located at 11-19, Boulevard Charlemagne, 1000 Brussels – Metro Station: Schuman