European Gas Development

EU Gas Regulation (EC) 715/2009 requires ENTSOG to develop the TYNDP on a biennial basis.

The principal aim of the TYNDP is to provide a consistent view of the pan-European gas infrastructure and signal potential gaps in future investment.

The plan also endeavours to capture the wider dynamics of the European gas market by looking at supply potential, market integration and security of supply.



Gas Regional Investment Plan (GRIPS)

Based on an analysis of transmission system interconnections and operation, as well as infrastructure development needs, the ENTSOG TSOs agreed on six regional groupings, in some cases overlapping, to develop the first GRIPS.

Six Regional Groupings:

– GRIP North-West: coordinator GTS (NL)
– GRIP South: coordinator GRTgaz (FR)
– GRIP BEMIP: coordinator Amber Grid (LT)
– GRIP Southern Corridor: coordinator DESFA (GR)
– GRIP South-North Corridor: coord. SRG (IT) & Fluxys (BE)

The requirement to promote regional cooperation is enshrined in EU Directive 2009/73/EC and further detailed by EU Gas Regulation (EC) 715/2009, which requires European TSOs to publish Gas Regional Investment Plans (GRIPs) on a biennial basis. Read more. 

Regulation 703 from 2015

Regulation 703 from 2015 – Establishing a network code on interoperability and data exchange rules (INT-NC)

This Regulation establishes a network code which sets out rules regarding interoperability and data exchange as well as harmonised rules for the operation of gas transmission systems.

This Regulation shall apply at interconnection points. With regard to data publication, Article 13 shall apply to relevant points defined in paragraph 3.2 of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 715/2009. In addition to interconnection points, Article 17 shall apply to other points on transmission network where the gas quality is measured. Article 18 shall apply to transmission systems. This Regulation may also apply at entry points from and exit points to third countries, subject to the decision of the national authorities.

This Regulation shall not apply to interconnection points between Member States as long as one of these Member States holds a derogation on the basis of Article 49 of Directive 2009/73/EC, unless agreed otherwise by the respective Member States.

Regulation 312 from 2014

Regulation 312 from 2014 – Establishing a network code on Gas balancing of transmission networks (BAL-NC)

This Regulation shall apply to balancing zones within the borders of the Union.

This Regulation shall not apply to balancing zones in Member States that hold a derogation on the basis of Article 49 of Directive 2009/73/EC. 3. This Regulation shall not apply to reconciliation that would be necessary between the allocations and actual consumption subsequently derived from final customer meter readings when obtained.

This Regulation shall not apply in emergency situations where the transmission system operator shall implement specific measures defined under the applicable national rules and on the basis of Regulation (EU) No 994/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 October 2010 concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply (4), as appropriate.

The respective rights and obligations originating from this Regulation with regard to network users shall only apply to those network users which have concluded a legally binding agreement, being a transport contract or another contract, which enables them to submit trade notifications in accordance with Article 5.

Decision no. 490 from 2012

Decision no. 490 from 2012 – Conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks – amending annex I from Reg. 715

In order to ensure that congestion management procedures are applied in the most effective way at all interconnection points and with a view to maximising available capacities in all adjacent entry-exit systems, it is of great importance that national regulatory authorities and transmission system operators from different Member States and within Member States closely cooperate amongst themselves and with each other.

In particular national regulatory authorities and transmission system operators should have regard to best practices and endeavour to harmonise processes for the implementation of these Guidelines.

Acting in accordance with Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 713/2009 the Agency and the national regulatory authorities should ensure that the most effective congestion management procedures are implemented at the applicable entry and exit points across the Union.

Decision no. 685 from 2010

Decision no. 685 from 2010 – amending Chapter 3 of Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 715 from 2009

Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 sets up guidelines on the definition of the technical information necessary for network users to gain effective access to the system.

The guidelines should introduce transparency requirements in order to ensure effective access to natural gas transmission systems and to provide a minimum guarantee of equal market access conditions in practice.

The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of the Committee referred to Article 28 of Regulation (EC) No 715/2009.

Chapter 3 of the Annex I to Regulation (EC) No 715/2009 is replaced by the text in the Annex to this Decision.

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