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Successful launch of the new Virtual Interconnection Point Brandov-GASPOOL
VIP operations started smoothly on 1st of November – bundled day-ahead capacities were marketed

Kassel. Leipzig. On 31 October 2018 at 04:30 p.m. bundled day-ahead capacities were auctioned for the first time at the newly established virtual network point VIP Brandov-GASPOOL.
Hence, the transmission system operators GASCADE Gastransport and ONTRAS Gastransport are now auctioning their entry and exit capacities, compliant with Regulation (EU) 2017/459 NC CAM, for the market border GASPOOL-Czech Republic uniformly at only one booking point. Additionally, OPAL Gastransport offers interruptible capacities at this bookable point. 
With the start of this virtual interconnection point, all other capacity auctions are now also offered and marketed according to the ENTSOG auction calendar at this point. Consequently, capacity marketing at the network points forming the VIP takes no longer place.
René Döring, Capacity Management ONTRAS, sum up the successful implementation of the VIP: “The start of the VIP is a great achievement due to the complex allocation processes and the steering of quantities across different operators.” Veit Wienhausen, Capacity Management GASCADE, completes: “We had a close and very well coordinated collaboration between the involved transmission system operators. Without this, we were not able to implement such a challenging project within the time permitted.”


Information Website keeps market up to date on journey towards the single German market area

The project website www.marktgebietszusammenlegung.de on the German market area merger is now available online. In launching this website the German gas transmission system operators (TSOs) in close collaboration with the current market area managers have taken a first step to initiate a continuous market information process. The aim is to provide a platform on which current information relating to the process for the creation of the single German market area can be published in a timely and transparent manner.


Joint market information of the German transmission system operators ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, GASCADE Gastransport GmbH and OPAL Gastransport GmbH & Co.KG as well as Czech transmission system operator NET4GAS, s.r.o. regarding the VIP at the market area border GASPOOL-Czechia.

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3. Market information regarding VIP-implementation

The German Transmission System Operators (TSOs) have informed market participants on 1 March 2018 and on 31 May 2018 on the intermediate status of implementation as well as on the discussions with the regulatory authorities on European and national level. Today, we would like to inform you about the current status of the implementation of VIPs (24 August 2018).

Market information VIP-implementation


Joint press release of German gas transmission operators
TSOs intend to launch single German market area in October 2021

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GREEN GAS INITIATIVE: Members intend to reduce the carbon footprint of the gas system and prepare a regional study on the value of the gas system in the green transition

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Call for tender of load flow commitments for 2019

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Market information regarding VIP-implementation

Market information regarding VIP-implementation (30 May 2018)

Joint information of all German Transmission System Operators about publication of entry and exit points in the PRISMA Yearly auction 2018

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ONTRAS opens the call for tenders for flow commitments for the individual months of February and March 2019

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Market information regarding VIP-implementation

Article 19 Paragraph 9 of the Regulation (EU) 2017/459 (NC CAM) foresees the establishment of virtual interconnection points (VIP). The concerned German Transmission System Operators (TSOs) have jointly agreed on a possible model for the VIP-implementation 

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Market information regarding VIP-implementation

ONTRAS acquires stake in EUGAL.

The transmission system operators GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, Fluxys Deutschland GmbH, Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH and ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH have signed a fractional ownership agreement for the pipeline project European Gas Pipeline Link (EUGAL).
Further informations can be found in the press release.

BNetzA repealed regulation HoKoWä during oral hearing with immediate effect

On 11 October 2017, the Bundesnetzagentur repealed their regulation BK9-13/607 (HoKoWä) during oral hearing at the OLG Düsseldorf with immediate effect. Therefore, there will be no harmonized entry tariff at the entry-exit zone GASPOOL. Now, ONTRAS analyzes the effects of the repeal of HoKoWä, especially concerning their tariffs 2018. Indicative tariffs at the price sheet of 29 September 2017 are valid until further notice. On 1 December 2017 at latest, ONTRAS will publish final tariffs of 2018 in line with Art 32 b) in conjunction with Art. 30 Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/460 (NC Tariffs). When calculating final tariffs, ONTRAS will consider all available information. Beside the repeal of HoKoWä, this includes especially new insights concerning revenue cap and forecast of contracted capacity.

Information of ONTRAS about the uniform entry tariff for the GASPOOL market area as of 1 January 2018

Pursuant to the ruling BK9-13/607 of the Bundesnetzagentur on the horizontal cost allocation mechanism (HoKoWä) dated from 22 June 2016, the entry tariff for annual firm, free allocable capacity (FZK) to be applied as of 1 January 2018 amounts to 2.809405 €/(kWh/h)/a. According to ongoing appeals procedures against HoKoWä the entry tariff may be adjusted.

There are currently court proceedings pending with regard to HoKoWä Decision which may influence the published tariffs. In this context, we explicitly point to the fact that the above mentioned tariffs are subject to the condition that such pending court proceedings does not have suspending effect and, therefore, HoKoWä Decision has to be applied from 1 January 2018. If HoKoWä Decision has not to be applied from 1 January 2018 ONTRAS reserves the right to publish amended tariffs to be effective from 1 January 2018 on short notice.

Demand assessment for new transport capacities finished according to European guidelines:
Transmission system operators publish market demand assessment report

ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, Leipzig as well as the other German transmission system operators are for the first time publishing market demand reports according to Article 26 of the EU Regulation 2017/459 (Network Code on Capacity Allocation Mechanisms) determining new transport capacities to be created on the borders between GASPOOL – Poland, GASPOOL – Czech Republic and the market areas of GASPOOL and NCG. The reports are available at the FNB Gas Capacity website (www.fnb-gas-capacity.de).

From 6 April to 1 June 2017 market participants had the opportunity to submit their non-binding capacity demands for market area and cross border points. The received capacity demand indications were analyzed in the published market demand assessment reports in order to determine the demand for new transport capacity.

Information of ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH about the expected uniform entry tariff for the GASPOOL market area  as of 1 January 2018

ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH publishes the preliminary entry tariff pursuant to the ruling BK9-13/607 of the Bundesnetzagentur on the horizontal cost allocation mechanism (HoKoWä) dated from 22 June 2016. The preliminary tariff for annual firm, free allocable capacity (FZK) entering the GASPOOL market area to be applied as of 1 January 2018 amounts to 2.77 €/(kWh/h)/a.
According to 3e HoKoWä, this is a preliminary tariff which may be adjusted.

Green Gas Initiative: 50% increase of biomethane in gas networks of their home countries in three years 

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Call for tender of load flow commitments for 2018

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Green Gas Potential in the ONTRAS Network Area - Final Report on the Study published

On behalf of ONTRAS, nymoen|strategieberatung examined the macro-economic implications of our vision „ONTRAS, going green“ in a short study showing the potentials of renewable gas in the network area of ONTRAS. The study focused on the question of whether renewable gases have the potential to replace fossil energies in the long term at acceptable costs, and ensuring at the same time ensure that national and European climate targets are met. Detailed information about the findings of the study which proves that using Power-to-Gas offers a more cost efficient approach than an „all electric“ scenario is available here

Final Report on the Study: Green Gas Potential in ONTRAS Network Area
Questions and suggestions are welcome. Please contact Ina Adler, Head of Energy Policy and Communication (Phone +49 341/27111-2088, ina.adler@ontras.com).

Switch of regular data exchange for nomination to AS4

ONTRAS is switching the regular data exchange for nomination messages between ONTRAS and the network users active at interconnection points (cross-border or market area transition) in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2015/703 to the AS4 protocol and Edig@s-XML.

We ask network users concerned to contact us.

Further Information at https://www.ontras.com/en/transport-customers/nomination/

Auctions in March: more capacity partners publish GTC

The five more capacity partners published their latest Supplementary Terms and Conditions of Business today on time. They serve as the basis for the annual auctions being held on March 6, 2017 on the European capacity platform PRISMA.

Press release of more capacity FNB:

“more capacity”: Consultation on the marketing procedure to begin

Press Release of Green Gas Initiative:

Green Gas Initiative report: how gas and gas infrastructure can help curbing carbon and other harmful emissions

The Green Gas Initiative joins seven independent gas infrastructure companies who committed
themselves to achieve a 100% carbon-neutral gas supply in their transport infrastructure by 2050. ONTRAS CEO Ralph Bahke is chairing the Green Gas Initiative until 30. September 2016.

User information on behalf of Gascade Gastransport GmbH, Gasunie Deutschland Services GmbH und Ontras Gastransport GmbH

As a result of the more capacity project it is planned to offer new capacities at the borders of the GASPOOL market area in the annual yearly capacity auction 2017. However, these new capacities can only be offered by the TSOs, if all existing capacities at the respective market area borders are entirely allocated (sold out) in the relevant flow direction. The existing capacities can be booked in the annual yearly capacity auctions for 2016 and 2017.
Further details regarding the marketing process of the more capacity new capacities will be published on www.more-capacity.eu in time.

ONTRAS Newsletter "ONTRAS.Netzpunkte"

With ONTRAS.Netzpunkte 02/2015 (available in German only) in July we issued our second newsletter. Herewith we want to give you an insight into ongoing projects and the development of our company as well as the gas market.

So for ONTRAS the membership of the European Green Gas Initiative - as one of the topics of this issue - was an important milestone in the first half of this year.

You have not yet ONTRAS.Netzpunkte received? Please send an email to with the subject line "Recording at distributor ONTRAS.Netzpunkte": ralf.borschinsky@ontras.com.

ONTRAS offers tender for flow committments for the month of February, March and April 2016.

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ONTRAS joins Green Gas Initiative

In the margins of the 13 GIE (Gas Infrastructure Europe) annual conference in Dublin ONTRAS joint the Green Gas intitiative. The other members of the initiative are the European gas infrastructure companies Energinet.dk (Denmark), Fluxys Belgium (Belgium), Gasunie (Netherlands) Gaznat (Switzerland) GRTgaz (France) and Swedegas (Sweden). The aim of the initiative is to achieve a CO2-neutral gas supply by 2050. More ...

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