Germany’s FNB Gas launches joint market survey for an integrated network plan

Gary Hornby

07-Feb-2024

  • FNB Gas market survey to run from 7 February to 22 March
  • Plan will incorporate electricity, gas, and hydrogen
  • Several market surveys announced recently

LONDON (ICIS)–FNB Gas has announced that it will launch a joint market survey for an integrated network plan for the energy system of the future across electricity, gas, and hydrogen, it was announced in late January.

The market survey will open on 7 February and will close on 22 March for both existing customers and potential customers.

FNB Gas has 12 members responsible for the operational management, maintenance, and demand-driven expansion of the gas transport networks and the development of hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. The members are:

  • Gas Transport North
  • Gasunie Deutschland
  • GRTgaz Germany
  • NOWEGA
  • Thyssengas
  • ONTRAS
  • Fluxys
  • Open Grid Europe
  • Gascade
  • terranets bw
  • bayernets
  • Ferngas Netzgesellschaft

FNB Gas said in the press release that “the survey aims to collect information on future hydrogen production [including power-to-gas plants], storage and use as well as electricity consumption by large-scale consumers [including large-scale battery storage] of individual market participants and distribution system operators.”

There have been several market surveys launched so far in 2024 as the requirement for the development of infrastructure, especially around electricity and hydrogen, begins to pick up in pace as greater renewable capacity is built and hydrogen demand starts to increase.

The Initiative Energien Speichern (INES) announced on 2 February stated that it would conduct a Market Assessment for Hydrogen Storage (MAHS) during the month of April.

INES is the association of German natural gas and hydrogen storage system operators representing 90% of German gas storage capabilities.

The MAHS will open on 1 April and close on 30 April, with INES aiming to “collect relevant information for investments in the development of hydrogen storage and make it available to storage operators and the relevant regulatory authorities.”

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