Becoming a shipper provides access to the gas infrastructure, including the high pressure transmission grid operated by the TSO. Having a license will provide shippers direct access to the wholesale markets in order to optimize their trading and/or supply portfolio.

As a shipper you can start transporting gas in the national grid. Market access is necessary in order to:

  • supply gas to end users, whether directly connected or via public distribution networks (households, industrial customers, power plants, etc.)
  • transport across the country, from and/or to border points of adjacent networks (transit)
  • use storage facilities, withdraw or inject gas into the facility
  • injection of gas from feed-in point/production point (biogas, green gas)
  • execute natural gas trading at the respective trading hubs

Frequently asked questions

  • What is a shipper license? A shipper licence is granted to the shipper and gives access to the infrastructure, including the high pressure transmission grid, operated by the TSO.
  • How do I get a shipper license? In order to get a shipper license, an application at the TSO is needed. An overview of TSOs is given in the useful links page.
  • What are the requirements for getting a shipper license? Requirements have to be met at the level of creditworthiness, electronic communication and the knowledge and expertise in order to act as a prudent shipper.
  • How does the licensing relates to EGSSIS? EGSSIS offers shipper services and software for gas operations. With our proven solutions your company has a head start in becoming licensed.

License Fluxys – Belgium

The shipper or grid user enters an agreement with Fluxys in order to subscribe to the services provided by the TSO. The Terms and Conditions provide the framework for Transmission and ZTP trading services. Within the Standard Transmission Agreement the terms are stipulated. Rights and obligations are set between the TSO and the shipper.

  • With respect to the creditworthiness, the shipper can either submit a collateral in the form of 1) a bank guarantee or in the form of a cash deposit; 2) acceptable credit rating; or 3) backed by equity, proportional to the average total monthly fees when these are higher than € 750.000 per month.
  • As a shipper the operational rules and procedures must be adhered to. These are set within the Operating Procedures which are part of the Access Code for Transmission.
  • The Operating Procedures provide the exchange of operational information between TSO and shipper. The protocol for exchanging Edig@s messages shall be AS2 of AS4. The shipper needs to have its Energy Identification Code scheme (EIC code) to set up the Edig@as communication with the TSO.

Contact details

Fluxys Belgium N.V./S.A.
Avenue des Arts 31
1040 Brussels

Telephone +32 2 282 77 77


License Gasunie Transport Services – The Netherlands

Becoming active as a shipper in the Netherlands requires a license granted by Gasunie Transport Services. (GTS) Only parties licensed by GTS can use the transport services. Three types of licenses are available: license A, B and C.

  • License A: TTF and the transport of gas after entering a contract for transport capacity. Transport of gas is within the GTS system and includes delivery to direct connected end users. (e.g. industrials)
  • License B: TTF, transport of gas and transferring gas into the local gas transport network. (DSO grid)
  • License C: only use of TTF.

Getting a shipper license requires the following conditions to be met. The license A is granted when you meet the following conditions.

  • Creditworthiness. Financial security based on the intended obligations. The exposure consists of: 1) Reserve for TTF, DSO-exit (OV-exit) or future transmission bookings. 2) Exposure based on contracts for services. 3) Initial imbalance exposure. For more information, consult the creditworthiness page of GTS.
  • Electronic communication. License A and B require certification of electronic communication. You need to meet the requirements for electronic communication for nominations, entry and exit programs, the portfolio imbalance signal and balancing actions. (Gasport and B2B) License B requires the downstream messaging with EDSN and having an EAN code. License C requires no obligation for implementation of B2B service.
  • Prudence. You need to have the expertise and technical, administrative and organisational facilities required to be able to transport gas. Next you act in accordance with the balancing regime.

Amendments creditworthiness policy

The amendment will enter force on 01-01-2019 and intends to simplify the creditworthiness policy. The amendments are:

  • The initial imbalance exposure for new registered parties ceases to exist.
  • The methodology for calculating the imbalance will be changed. Instead of the 365 day calculation a daily imbalance methodology will be used.
  • VAT will be included in the determination of the exposure for parties with a Dutch VAT code.
  • The reservation for TTF of € 50.000 ceases to exist.
  • Licenses A, B, or C require a fixed imbalance reservation of € 100.000.
  • At least 4 months continuation of security beyond the contract with an end date which is located furthest in the future.

Contact details

Gasunie Transport Services B.V.
PO box 181
9700 AD Groningen

Telephone +31 50 521 33 33


License Balansys – Luxembourg

The grid user or shipper enters an agreement with the Balancing Operator Balansys for the BeLux area. Signing this agreement both parties acknowledge to have taken knowledge of the specific BeLux integrated market model and of the Balancing Programme.

  • Creditworthiness requirements, a collateral or an acceptable credit rating.
  • Communications by Edig@s in order to exchange contractual data and dispatching information.
  • The Grid User shall act in reasonable endeavours in order to minimize its imbalance position in the BeLux area.

Contact details

Balansys S.A.
59-61, Rue de Bouillon
L-1248 Luxembourg

Telephone +352 2624 8219


License GASPOOL – Germany

Market participants in the GASPOOL area need three types of contracts for accessing the network: 1) Entry agreement, 2) Exit agreement, and 3) Balancing group contract. The entry/exit system allows Balancing Group Managers to move gas within the market area. The Balancing Group Manager is responsible to ensure that the total gas quantity delivered to its balancing group corresponds as closely as possible with the total gas quantity offtaken from its group. The obligations between GASPOOL and the Balancing Group Manager are set forth in the balancing group contract.

Contact details

GASPOOL Balancing Services GmbH
Anna-Louisa-Karsch-Str. 2
10178 Berlin

Telephone: +49 30 364 289 0


License NetConnect Germany – Germany

NetConnect Germany is one of the market areas in Germany. The system used is enty/exit and in order to have access a balancing group contract is needed.

Contact details

NetConnect Germany GmbH & Co. KG
Kaiserswerther Straße 115
40880 Ratingen

Telephone +49 2102 59 796 780


License other grids – United Kingdom, France

Need support for licensing or access to other grids in the European gas market? Contact us! Or look at the website of the relevant TSO.