The two German market operators Gaspool and NetConnect Germany (NCG) are planning to join forces for a single market in Germany. The date is set for 1 October 2021, together with the start of a new gas year.
This merge was commissioned by the German Gas Third-Party Access Regulations in 2017, stating that the market operators will have to fuse into a single entry and exit zone. They’ve been giving until 1 April 2022 to achieve this target.
Balancing group managers who are active in Germany will only have one counterparty for their balancing group contracts to transport gas (within the national borders), no matter the network they’ll want to use.
The different networks will be forming one balancing zone and entry and exit system. So network access will be a lot easier, as well as trading gas nationally.
Gaspool and NetConnect Germany
Gaspool and NCG provide two of the biggest trading hubs for natural gas in Europe. Gaspool is situated in the northeast (Berlin) and focusses mainly on low calorific gas. This joint venture includes the transmission networks of Gasunie Deutschland Transport GmbH, ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, Gastransport Nord GmbH and Nowega GmbH.
NetConnect is mostly dealing with high calorific gas in the southwest (Ratingen), with a joint venture between the transmission system operators Bayernetz GmbH, Open Grid Europe GmbH, GRTgaz Deutschland, Terranets GmbH, Fluxys Tenp GmbH and Thyssengas GmbH.
However, the two market operators are collaborating for quite some time now, and trading activity at the virtual trading points has only increased. Together they are now connecting 15 transmission networks and roughly 750 distribution networks.
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