Britain’s National Grid to overhaul interconnector nominations

18 July 2014 16:25 Source:ICIS

The British gas system operator National Grid has proposed changes to the nomination process at interconnector points which would push shippers into more supplying more information, in order to bring it into line with EU requirements.

The changes will see the system operator taking a more involved role in the nominations process, demanding more information from shippers and coordinating with neighbouring operators.

These changes will double the amount of time National Grid takes to respond to nomination and re-nomination requests to two hours.

Shippers will now have to provide more details about their nomination to the system operator on either a daily or an hourly basis, including the details of any counterpart they are delivering the gas to in the destination market.

If nominating for their own collection in the adjacent market, players will have to contribute a “double-sided” nomination to National Grid.

The system operators in both markets will team up to match the gas between either side of the interconnection point, whose movement will be co-ordinated using the Edig@s system or an equivalent from the European Network for Transmission System Operators for gas, rather than the British Gemini system.

The modification also gives National Grid more powers to reject and amend nomination requests in certain circumstances.

The changes are to bring British interconnector points in line with EU network codes, which will also see the Bacton entry point split into two, with one for UK gas fields and the other for the Dutch-Britain BBL and Belgian-Britain Interconnector pipelines.

The only other point this applies to is the Scottish Moffat exit point, which transmits gas to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

National Grid is conducting meetings with stakeholders with the date of implementation currently pencilled for 1 September 2015. Albert Evans

By Albert Evans