Fluxys Info Session 2018

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Egssis was present at the Fluxys Shippers’ Meeting on Wednesday 24 October 2018. As a service provider, part of our duty is to keep you up to date on the latest developments within the natural gas domain.

 

Tariffs

The main body of the presentation addressed the transmission and storage tariffs for the period of 2020-2023. A new element that is being used in the consultation over the transmission tariffs, is the Tariff Network Code (TAR NC). The TAR NC is part of a new EU regulation – it defines the methodology used to derive the tariffs based upon the transmission system operator’s revenues. In accordance with the TAR NC, Fluxys is organising a consultation on the transmission tariffs for the next tariff period. This consultation runs from 8 October until 7 December 2018. The consultation document can be found on Fluxys’ website.

Overall, for the period 2020-2023, there will be a small increase to the Entry capacity tariffs, a significantly larger decrease to the Exit capacity tariffs, and a slight decrease to tariffs for HP Domestic Exits.

The consultation over the storage tariffs for 2020-2023 runs from 23 October until 22 November 2018. The storage tariffs for this period will remain stable compared to the 2019 tariffs; they will only be indexed.

 

Transmission Access Code

A significantly shorter portion of the presentation dealt with the coming changes to the transmission access code. Fluxys’ first aim is to simplify their services. They plan on doing this by streamlining the channels along which products and services are sold, by enabling more short term bookings and by simplifying the booking processes for shippers.

Most of the services will be centralised on one platform: PRISMA. Along with the transfer to PRISMA will come two improvements: it will be possible to convert entry and exit services into OCUCs or Wheelings on a day-ahead basis and services newly acquired in the last 15 days will be eligible.

Fluxys also aims to enable more short term bookings by enlarging the window for interruptible sales through overnomination and to simplify the booking process for shippers by merging the MP and MPRS services, creating the Reduced Pressure Service.

 

VIP Update

The final part of the presentation touched upon the inception of three new Virtual Interconnection Points (VIPs), more particularly VIP ZTP-TTF, VIP Eynatten and VIP Eynatten 2-Remich.

VIP ZTP-TTF will not undergo any changes in concept compared to what was consulted in 2017. Concretely, this means that a VIP-only model will be implemented – similar to Virtualys, the VIP will include Zelzate 1, Zandvliet H and ‘s Gravenvoeren, and there will be no impact on the tariffs. The launch date is foreseen in the first quarter of 2020.

VIP Eynatten will be implemented on the German side of Eynatten 2 between OGE, Thyssengas and Fluxys TENP. There should be limited impact on the Fluxys Belgium side, with a change of EIC code being the only expected difference. This VIP is foreseen to launch at the end of the first quarter of 2019, subject to the German TSOs’ readiness.

VIP Eynatten 2-Remich will be set up between Fluxys Belgium, Creos, OGE, Thyssengas and Fluxys TENP. The project is currently in the study phase, with no known launch date.