ENTSOG Annual Report 2015

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Final Comitology

In December 2015, ENTSOG published the final version of the template addressing the document structure recommendations from ACER and proposing to publish the samples by 1 May 2016. This would allow the existing agreements to be duly revised and ready for the applicabil- ity of INT NC.

The Gas Committee approved the INT Network Code (INT NC) at the second comitology meeting, held 3–4 No- vember 2014. For several months, INT NC was subjected to scrutiny and then published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 30 April 2015. It subsequently came into force on 20 May 2015. It shall apply from 1 May 2016 onwards without prejudice to Article 5 (see next section on IA Template).

Long-Term Gas Quality Outlook

Article 18 of INT NC assigns ENTSOG the task of publishing the long-term gas quality monitoring outlook for transmis- sion systems. The forecast will identify the potential trends of gas quality parameters and respective potential variabili- ty within the next ten years and will be published along with TYNDP 2017. In the second half of 2015, System Operation and System Development teams began an intense cooperation to fulfil this new requirement by developing a robust methodology that yields a meaningful outcome. The first version of the Long-Term Gas Quality Outlook mod- el gives a range of the gas quality forecasts per region, only the Gross Calorific Value and Wobbe Index parameters are taken into consideration.

IA template

ENTSOG developed a draft interconnection agreement template (as required by Article 5 of INT NC) that was published in June 2015. It covers the default terms and conditions set out in Articles 6 to 10 of the network code which define key technical and operational areas of inter- connection points. In October, ACER provided its opinion welcoming the publi- cation of the draft and made two recommendations. Firstly, the Agency suggested presenting the default rules (i. e., the minimum mandatory content of an agreement) separately from the guidance on their application. This should bring the template closer to the format of an agreement or an ad- dition to one. Secondly, ACER recommended complement- ing the separated guidance document on default rules with samples from existing interconnection agreements.

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