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Press Release
  7 February 2019

"Keeping the lights on - gas infrastructure to fuel power in Germany coal exit plans"

  • Gas will replace coal to fuel Germany’s power sector during coal exit
  • Gas infrastructure essential to deliver increased demand for gas
  • Sets the stage for more efficient power production and integration of renewable and decarbonised gases

On 26 January 2019, a commission appointed by the German government made a historic agreement that will influence the role of gases and the gas infrastructure in the international debate on climate change. The Commission for Growth, Structural Change and Employment (the “Coal Commission”) recommended to step out of power production from coal by 2038 and fill the resulting gap with predominantly natural gas. The interim steps of replacing coal generation capacities (lignite & hard coal) of 12.5 GW by 2022 and over 25 GW by 2030 were agreed. This in addition to the commitment of reducing a significant 9 GW of nuclear power by 2023.

Consequences for the natural gas industry are positive and far-reaching, not least that the decision relating to one of Europe’s largest energy markets will trigger a positive incentive for Europe’s gas transmission pipelines to meet increased demand. The newly appointed President of Gas Transmission Europe Harald Stindl, said, “The role and importance of gas transmission pipelines, but also LNG and storage facilities has been visibly strengthened as an effective energy transporter and provider of flexibility. Future European and national energy policy and regulatory initiatives should take account of this and provide for an attractive investment climate and operational conditions for the essential elements of the gas infrastructure – transmission, LNG and storage.”

To meet the commitment, available gas-fired power plants currently in stand-by mode will be reactivated and the approval process for new gas-fired power plants will be accelerated. Energy efficiency – with direct key impact on reducing emissions - will be improved as CHP units will be installed as part of the plant upgrades. In addition, existing gas power plants will be able to return to better profits margins due to more operational hours.

The former coal regions will receive €40Bn funding to build up high-technology centres for innovative energy solutions, resulting in new jobs and strong future for new gases. In addition, the Coal Commission also recommended that the system of fees and taxes in the energy sector should be revised in order to support the flexibility provided by Power to Gas, hydrogen and the storage of renewable energy as gas.

Over the last five years the German Gas & Water Association (DVGW) with the support of other German associations have promoted proactively to convince the German government and stakeholders that Gas Can Be Green and welcomed the Coal Commission recommending Power to Gas as being a “key technology” to enable sector coupling with electricity. DVGW CEO, Professor Gerald Linke commented, “Our hard work has paid off. However, we still have work to do to show the impact of this decision on reducing GHG emissions and how Gas Can Green whilst continuing to deliver reliable supplies for Germany’s continuing economic growth.”

Before this, natural gas was banished from the accepted toolbox of solutions for sustainable energy supply. However, thanks to the sustained efforts and investment into a number of methanisation and power-to-gas demonstrations, as well as verified studies showing that gas in all its forms (methane, biogas and hydrogen) is indispensable to achieving ambitious climate targets, the German associations have created the understanding that gases are part of the solution.

The next task for the gas industry is to work with the coal plants to meet the energy transition demands, prove the feasibility of further growth through the use of hydrogen and renewable and lower-carbon gases and expand the strategy of emission reduction into the transport and heating sectors.

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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, storage and LNG regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking.

GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

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GIE Press Release
 
Press Release
6 February 2019

GIE Vision 2050 outlines essential role of gas infrastructure in achieving Paris Targets

GIE Members are committed to fulfil the European Union objectives under the UN Paris Agreement on Climate Change whilst guaranteeing the supply of affordable energy for all citizens. GIE believes that decarbonisation can only be achieved in an affordable way by facilitating all lower carbon energy processes. This includes the use of significant quantities of renewable or decarbonised gases as fuel for heating, power, industry and land and shipping transportation (methane and hydrogen).

GIE has set out its vision for Europe’s energy in its GIE Vision 2050, where it envisages the role of gas infrastructure to be invaluable in the energy transition - based on the three pillars infrastructure, integration and innovation. The vision paper can be viewed here.

GIE Members will continue to supply reliable, clean, affordable energy throughout the EU to 2050 and beyond. Significant cost savings will result from using the existing gas infrastructure to deliver and store increased quantities of renewable and decarbonised energy, rather than build new electricity networks.

The extensive gas system facilitates a fully developed EU energy market for all gases, which will be achieved soon, reaching comparable levels of market integration and price convergence for the benefit of all EU consumers.   An integrated system approach to the development of gas infrastructure and electricity networks will optimise the delivery of energy to consumers and increase the ability to store renewable energy, far exceeding battery capacity and at much lower cost.

Gas infrastructure operators embrace the opportunities that the energy transition offers and will innovate the ways they operate and conduct business to achieve decarbonisation. Use of the gas infrastructure facilitates increased renewable energy storage through sector integration and sector coupling, enabling innovation for carbon-neutral methane to be produced for direct use or injection into the gas grid.

GIE President Jean-Marc Leroy is convinced that the GIE Vision 2050 is robust and sets the pathway for GIE members to allocate resources to being a key part of climate change solutions, stating, “I can see a significant shift in business towards lower carbon energy solutions in many EU states - the GIE Vision 2050 captures the goals of GIE members to be part of the solution for a decarbonised economy.”

GIE welcomes a new member Conexus Baltic Grid from Latvia. Conexus Baltic Grid was recently formed as part of unbundling the gas system and, as the operator of the only gas storage facility in the Baltic States, plays a key role in regional gas stability and is a cornerstone of security of supply. It also operates nearly 1,200 km of gas transmission pipelines and links Lithuania, Estonia and Russia.

Conexus Baltic Grid promotes sustainable energy delivery and has embraced the GIE Vision 2050, stating "We decided to join GIE as it offers us a truly Europe-wide voice and allows us to join with other operators in Europe to reduce long term emissions and be an essential part of the European economy. We value the progress that GIE makes in improving the regulatory and investment framework. GIE will definitely assist Conexus Baltic Grid specialists to realise smart and multi-faceted solutions for natural gas storage and transmission system operations and will connect us to the rest of Europe and connects us to the rest of Europe and assists us reach our own goals to operating in a safe, sustainable manner.”

GIE is further strengthened in its activities by the appointment of four new Board members and is pleased to welcome the following representatives from Gas Transmission Europe (GTE): Torben Brabo (Energinet, Denmark), Gaetano Mazzitelli (SNAM, Italy), Piotr Kuś (Gaz-System, Poland) and Harald Stindl (Gas Connect, Austria) who has assumed the role as President of GTE.
GIE Secretary General, Boyana Achovski welcomes the developments in GIE, stating, “We are looking forward to further strengthening the work of GIE with the expertise and passion from the incoming directors and new member Conexus Baltic Grid, especially in this final year of preparation for the fourth Gas Package.”

 

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Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is an association representing the interests of gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, storage and LNG regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking.

GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

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GIE - MARCOGAZ
 
Press Release
  28 January 2019

"Proposal on the potential way industry can contribute to the reduction of methane emissions (Madrid Forum)"

Joint GIE-MARCOGAZ Workshop on 17 January 2019

GIE-MARCOGAZ Joint Workshop on 17 January 2019

On the 17th January, GIE and MARCOGAZ organized a workshop on the “Proposal on the potential way industry can contribute to the reduction of methane emissions (Madrid Forum)

During the last European Gas Regulatory Forum, The European Commission has given the opportunity to the industry to contribute to methane emissions reduction policy for the gas sector.

GIE and MARCOGAZ were invited to gather all stakeholders across the entire gas chain and to lead the development of a proposal on the potential way the gas industry can contribute to the reduction of methane emissions.

During the workshop, almost 50 participants representing 37 organizations covering the entire gas chain, from production to utilization, were actively attending.

In his introduction speech, GIE Board member, Francisco de la Flor said, “Gas industry committed to contribute to a cleaner environment and further reduction of the methane emissions along the natural gas chain by implementing the best available techniques while also improving transparency on emissions data and harmonizing and standardizing the measurement methods”.

Jos Dehaeseleer, Secretary General of MARCOGAZ added “for the gas industry, preventing and repairing leaks has always been very high on the priority list, mainly for safety reasons. But this is now, and will even be more in the future, also focused on the environmental aspects as emissions. As far as technology enables it in an affordable way, this affects each element of the entire gas chain from its design, commissioning, use, operation till its decommissioning”.

The workshop addressed the key challenges in the reduction of methane emissions challenges like improving accuracy of collecting methane emissions data, increasing transparency, BAT (best available techniques) and policy and regulations on methane emissions. Industry initiatives were also presented as ground base for further developments and implementations.

In conclusion, representatives from the whole gas chain committed themselves to contribute to the report which will be presented at the next Madrid forum.

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GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

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GIE Press Release
 
Press Release
  30 January 2019

Cold weather hits Europe and triggers increase in storage withdrawals and LNG send-out

  • Gas stocks stood ready to cope with the first test of the winter
  • The current level of storage capacity in Europe is essential for the flexibility, analysis shows
  • GIE develops recommendations for a sustainable gas storage market

Last week the temperatures in large parts of Europe fell below the seasonal norm. This has led to increased utilisation of gas infrastructure and particularly higher levels of LNG send-out and storage withdrawals.

According to ALSI and AGSI transparency platforms, between 18 and 28 January 2019, total LNG send-out in Europe was at about 27TWh, more than double at this period last year. During the same period, total amount of 84TWh gas has been withdrawn, compared to 65TWh in 2018. In the beginning of the cold spell, gas stocks across Europe stood at 62% (658TWh), ready to cope with the first test of winter.

Alongside the vast pipeline system, Europe’s underground storages and LNG terminals are important elements that guarantee the security of supply and ensure adequate energy for all EU citizens.

According to the recently published GIE Storage Map 2018, the total gas storage Working Gas Volume (WGV) in Europe is 1,131TWh (representing 21% of annual gas consumption) and can deliver up to 22TWh of natural gas per day. The data also revealed that the existing storage capacity has dropped 4% over the last two years, driven by decommissioning and a decrease in projects under construction or in development. This trend results from the existing economic environment for the gas storage market in Europe.

To provide some quantitative evidence of increased security of supply risk associated with the reduction of gas storage WGV, GIE and ENTSOG have collaborated and run a sensitivity analysis of the Winter Outlook. The outcome of the exercise implies that the risk of demand load curtailment arises from as little as 10% reduction in gas storage WGV in a cold winter. GIE President Jean-Marc Leroy comments on the results of the ENTSOG analysis, “This clearly underlines that the current level of storage capacity in Europe is essential for the high security of supply level we have reached in Europe which is also essential to provide the flexibility needed to balance Europe’s ever-increasing renewable energy production.”

To reach emission reduction targets at as low a cost as possible, there is a need for a closer linkage between gas and electricity systems, including the integration of Gas-to-Power and Power-to-Gas as part of an integrated and dynamic system. This missing link will provide a conduit for interconnecting the energy system and balancing the increasingly variable flows resulting from an increasing share of renewables.

GIE President Jean-Marc Leroy highlights that, “It is therefore critical that our gas system plays a central role in the transformation of our energy system taking place right now”.

In order to continue to play the role in ensuring that EU citizens can rely on affordable energy during cold periods, GIE has developed recommendations for a sustainable gas storage market, available here.

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GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. Its internal structure has three columns corresponding to the three types of infrastructure activities represented: GTE (Gas Transmission Europe), GSE (Gas Storage Europe) and GLE (Gas LNG Europe), all of which fall under the umbrella of GIE. This structure allows member companies to speak with one voice on infrastructure topics as well as to build positions on column-specific issues. To find out more about GIE’s structure and activities, please visit the website at www.gie.eu.

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GIE - Gas Infrastructure Europe - PRESS RELEASE
 
Press Release
  19 December 2018

Existing gas storage capacity in Europe exceeded one petawatthour in 2018, shrinked against 2016

  • Gas storage capacity in EU28 represents 21% of annual gas consumption
  • Gas storage can accelerate development of renewable energy sources
  • Existing capacity dropped 4% over the last 2 years

Gas storage capacity stands at 1131 TWh and gas storage facilities across EU28 can deliver up to 22 TWh of natural gas per day. The storage capacity represents 21% of annual gas consumption1 in Europe.

The data is revealed by the latest edition of Storage Map 2018 published today and contains information on 156 storage sites run by 69 storage operators in EU28.

Mr. Jean-Marc Leroy, President of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) said: “I welcome the availability of gas storage capacities because I believe that gas storage will enhance the uptake of renewables into an integrated energy system, thereby providing the decarbonised gas market a sustainable future.”

Looking into the future, the role of gas storage will be extended from structuring natural gas supply and providing a back-up service for electricity generation today to becoming a driving force of a renewable energy system of tomorrow thanks to its capabilities to balance the energy system at a large scale and at different time frames.  

The presence of gas storage will accommodate the storage of renewable and decarbonised gases which will result in a stronger supply and increased ability to store intermittent and variable renewable electricity sources. This will provide a higher level of clean energy without extensive network investments for the benefit of society.

The published data also shows that the existing storage capacity dropped 4% over the last 2 years, driven by decommissioning and a decrease in projects under construction or development. This trend results from the existing economic environment for the gas storage market in Europe.

The map and corresponding database are available for download at the GIE website.

Printed version can be ordered from GIE here.  

1 https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/
quarterly_report_on_european_gas_markets_q4_2017_final_20180323.pdf

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