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Capacity Acquisition

ONTRAS markets the entry and exit capacities at cross-border points and market area connection points, at connection points to end consumers and biogas plants as well as storage facilities online via PRISMA - the joint online platform for European transmission network operators. The capacity bookings can be made in the FCFS booking   or Auctions menu items. Information for the individual network points are published in the Network Points  menu item.

From 6 July 2020 onwards, capacities at the network point GCP GAZ-SYSTEM/ONTRAS will be marketed on the booking platform RBP. As previously, capacities at this network point can be booked via auction.

You can find more information about ONTRAS's network points, for example on the current booking situation, in our Transparency Tool.

In the auction procedure, capacities are auctioned either on single stage (for short-term bookings) or on several stages (for long-term bookings).

 

 

Auctions are held on specific dates and for specific terms in accordance with the European regulations for cross-border and cross-market area transfer points. The following dates currently apply for the terms indicated: 

Capacity productType of auctionTermPeriodPublication dateAuction start date
YearMulti-stage1/10/Y to 1/10/Y+1For the coming 1 - 15 years from 1/10/ of a year

Firm capacity: 4 weeks prior to the auction start date


Interruptible  capacity: At the earliest 1 week prior to the auction start date

1st Monday in July, 9 a.m.


At the earliest 3rd Monday in July, 9 a.m.

QuarterMulti-stage1.10. - 1.1.; 1.1. - 1.4.; 1.4. - 1.7.; 1.7.-1.10.For the next 4 quarters from 1.10. of a year

Firm capacity: 2 weeks prior to the auction start date


Interruptible  capacity: At the earliest 1 week prior to the auction start date

1st Moday in August, 9 a.m.



At the earliest 1st Monday in September, 9 a.m.

QuarterMulti-stage1.1. - 1.4.; 1.4. - 1.7.; 1.7. - 1.10.For the next 3 quarters from 1.1. of a year

Firm capacity: 2 weeks prior to the auction start date


Interruptible  capacity: At the earliest 1 week prior to the auction start date

1st Moday in November, 9 a.m.



At the earliest 1st Monday in December, 9 a.m.

QuarterMulti-stage1.4. - 1.7.; 1.7. - 1.10.For the next 2 quarters from 1.4. of a year

Firm capacity: 2 weeks prior to the auction start date


Interruptible  capacity: At the earliest 1 week prior to the auction start date

1st Monday in February, 9 a.m.



At the earliest 1st Monday in March, 9 a.m.

QuarterMulti-stage1.7. - 1.10.For the next quarter from 1.7. of a year

Firm capacity: 2 weeks prior to the auction start date


Interruptible  capacity: At the earliest 1 week prior to the auction start date

1st Moday in May, 9 a.m.



At the earliest 1st Monday in June, 9 a.m.

MonthMulti-stage1.M bis 1.M+1For the next month

Firm capacity: 1 week prior to the auction start date

Interruptible  capacity: At the earliest 1 week prior to the auction start date

3rd Monday of the previous month, 9 a.m.

At the earliest 4th Tuesday of the previous month

DaySingle-stage1 gas dayFor the next gas day

Firm capacity: At the start of the auction

Interruptible capacity: At the start of the auction

On the previous day from 4.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On the previous day from 5.30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Within day

Firm capacity:Single-state

Interruptible capacity: Over-nomination

Within a gas dayfor the current gas day

Firm capacity: After the last day-ahead auction has ended
 

Interruptible capacity: ---

Firm capacity: On the previous day from 7 p.m. to 2.30 a.m.

Interruptible capacity: ---

 
The current auction calendar is stored on PRISMA, under the "Auction Calendar" menu item.

Capacities in the 2020 annual auction

In accordance with the Federal Network Agency's decision to approve the amount of the technical capacity (BK7-20-011) determined by the transmission system operators on April 22, 2020, ONTRAS informed the regulatory authority on April 30, 2020, that in the 2020 annual auction for the period from October 1, 2021, basic capacity, but no additional capacities will be offered. In this auction, ONTRAS will offer additional temperature-dependent, conditionally fixed freely allocable capacities (bFZK) at the storage connection points.

You can find the available capacity at the individual network points in the ONTRAS-Transparency tool and on the ENTSOG Transparency Platform.