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ENTSOG and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE)
publish the System Development Map 2019/2020

Brussels, 11 January 2021

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), in cooperation with Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), have published the ninth edition of the System Development map, which illustrates existing and planned gas infrastructure and gas capacities.

This map is updated on a yearly basis and is a widely used reference for European and non-European stakeholders alike. It provides useful, accurate and up-to-date information about the recent gas demand in European countries and the capacities in the European gas infrastructure. Historical demand and supply data are also presented.

GIE-ENTSOG System Development Map 2019/2020

Jan Ingwersen, ENTSOG General Director, said, “Information and transparency remain key to support the EU’s energy markets and security of supply and to deliver on the EU Green Deal’s objectives. The System Development Map, published together with GIE, is just one of the tools to do that - it allows for efficient analysis by market stakeholders and it is a useful supplement to the ENTSOG Seasonal Supply Reports.”

Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General, said: “Over the years, our energy system tends to become more and more integrated, considering interactions between sectors, regions and energy carriers. To tackle the increasing complexity of the future market developments, decision makers need to have access to the most exhaustive, integrated, and up-to-date information. And we provide that.”

ENTSOG and GIE are committed to further enhancing the information provided on the map for future editions and welcome feedback from stakeholders.

The map is available for download at the ENTSOG website, here and GIE website, here.

All maps published by ENTSOG and GIE can be ordered at https://maps.entsog.eu or https://www.gie.eu/map-order.

Should you require any further information, please contact Carmel Carey (+32 2 8945136, carmel.carey@entsog.eu) or Jamila Saoudi (+32 2 2090504, Jamila.Saoudi@gie.eu).

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Editorial Notes

  • European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG) was founded on 1 December 2009 in line with Regulation (EC) 715/2009 to promote the completion of the internal market for gas by facilitating cooperation between national gas transmission system operators (TSOs) across Europe and in line with European Union energy goals. More information can be found on the ENTSOG website – www.entsog.eu.  Current Members, Associated Partners and Observers can be found at www.entsog.eu/members 
  • Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, gas storage and Liquefied Natural Gas (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. GIE’s vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.

 

Press Release

GIE launches Inside Information Platform under REMIT

23 December 2020

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) takes a new step forward by becoming a listed IIP under REMIT and would like to thank the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) for confirming its application. This headway highlights GIE’s commitment to transparency and underlines once again its determination to make the energy transition happen in a fair and sustainable manner.

By developing useful, timely and reliable transparency tools, GIE supports the decarbonisation of the EU energy landscape. Indeed, GIE's transparency platforms AGSI+ and ALSI perform a critical role in the well-functioning and evolution of the EU internal gas market. The establishment of GIE as IIP (Inside Information Platform) under REMIT (Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency) will add the disclosure of UMM (Urgent Market Messages) to its Transparency Platforms. As of 1 January 2021, wholesale energy market participants are required to disclose inside information through IIPs.

In 2020, ACER - the governing body monitoring and ensuring greater transparency in markets by helping to reduce the risk of manipulation - commenced the process of registering Inside Information Platforms (IIPs) as Regulated Information Services (RISs). On 22 December 2020 GIE has completed Phase I of the IIP registration process towards ACER and has been listed as IIP in the category “Transparency Platforms”.

“Today, GIE reaffirms its commitment to gas market transparency and to working jointly with regulators and energy game-changers. To properly tackle the thrilling - but complex - energy transition that we are facing, we need to follow a holistic approach. Having access to updated and reliable technical information on the ground is essential. GIE’s transparency platforms AGSI+ and ALSI provide such information and are a key ally to energy leaders.”
Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General stated.

The GIE Inside Information Platform is available at https://iip.gie.eu as a consolidated platform, covering UMM (Urgent Market Messages) for storage, LNG and transmission systems/facilities. These UMMs are also accessible through the AGSI+ and ALSI Transparency Platforms.

ACER Guidance:
“According to Article 4(4) of REMIT, the publication of inside information, including in aggregated form, in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 714/2009 or (EC) No 715/2009, or guidelines and network codes adopted pursuant to those Regulations, constitutes simultaneous, complete and effective public disclosure.

ENTSO-E and ENTSOG are providing central transparency platforms in the meaning of Article 4(4) of REMIT and are invited to adhere that the published information conforms to the minimum quality requirements of Section 7.2.2 of the ACER Guidance. ENTSOG, GIE and several TSO transparency platforms applied to be considered as IIPs for the effective disclosure of inside information and aim at adhering to the above-mentioned IIP requirements.”

By developing useful, timely and reliable transparency tools, GIE remains a pillar component of the energy transition. It plays a decisive role of technical content provider by overseeing several transparency activities including its transparency platforms ALSI (LNG) AGSI+ (storage) and the development of several maps providing a helicopter view of the European gas market.

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What are AGSI+ and ALSI platforms?
AGSI+ and ALSI platforms publish the REMIT fundamental data for gas storage and LNG facilities from both GIE members and non-member companies. They showcase the use and availability of storage and LNG terminals across Europe. The access to both platforms is free of charge.

What is REMIT?
REMIT is a regulation which came into force in 2011. It aims to protect the interests of the end users and ensures that competition remain fair and open in the EU energy markets. Focusing on increasing market transparency and integrity, the platform prohibits for instance trading to be based on inside information and deterring market manipulation. In addition, it prevents market participants from manipulating the market while fostering market integration.

Learn more about REMIT

Who is GIE?
Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the European association of gas infrastructure operators. Its members operate renewable and low-carbon gases and are active in transmission pipelines, storage facilities and LNG terminals. With 70 industry members from 26 European countries, GIE perfectly embodies the multiple transitional decarbonisation pathways of the EU regions. GIE members are committed to helping deliver the EU’s goal in being the first continent achieving climate neutrality by 2050.

 
       
       

 

Press Release

EU Taxonomy delivering for the economy and environment

JOINT CALL

Brussels, 14 December 2020

We, the signatories of this statement, represent sectors of major importance for European economic development and wealth. We make the move to a competitive, climate neutral economy in Europe possible and support an EU taxonomy that helps accelerate investments in sustainable solutions.

We are strongly concerned about the European Commission’s draft Taxonomy Delegated Regulation proposal1, which unless changed, will prevent investors from making fully informed decisions on their investments, undermine affordable financing and jeopardize energy supply security at acceptable cost, which are key to maintain jobs in Europe and avoid carbon leakage.

We urge the Commission to better address the following principles in its proposal:


1. The future Taxonomy should help implement adopted EU climate and energy legislation.

A predictable policy framework is key to secure a successful economic and industrial transition ensuring long-term sustainability. Businesses, governments and financial market participants must not face different targets, standards or thresholds that will disrupt markets, distort competition and result in burdensome and costly implementation. Coherence should also be ensured with existing investment classifications, for example the European Investment Bank’s Energy Lending Policy. The Commission proposal departs from existing EU legislation and undermines investment predictability, which may prevent the investments that will enable a sustainable transition to climate neutrality.

2. The future Taxonomy’s criteria and thresholds must be impact assessed prior to their application.

The Commission proposal presents serious inconsistencies as well as technical and methodological flaws that result in an unlevel playing field and would not allow businesses and investors making fully informed investment decisions in solutions that meet their varying needs. Given the expected major impact on the European economy, technical screening criteria must be properly developed and impact assessed. Prior to application, they also must receive scrutiny by the co-legislators and stakeholders, in line with the Better Regulation Agenda. As such, a proper stakeholder involvement in all relevant fora has not been sufficiently considered so far and urgently needs to be addressed to avoid unintended consequences for the sectors in which EU Taxonomy will apply.

3. The future Taxonomy should guarantee a transitional, evidence-based and pragmatic approach.

EU countries will have different starting points entailing varying investment capabilities and needs. The EU Taxonomy must leave sufficient flexibility to consider today’s technological development, existing infrastructure and current energy mixes, while offering development pathways for low-carbon and renewable energy sources and technologies. Investments considered ‘sustainable’ today should not become ‘unsustainable’ overnight because they are not listed or do not fit the Taxonomy definition. Economic sectors and Member States must be empowered through adequate screening criteria, including for transitional activities, to embark on progressive and achievable transition pathways, in line with EU climate and energy goals. Above all, no one should be left behind as outlined in the European Green Deal.

 

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Gas infrastructure is a key enabler for the energy transition

15 December 2020

Today, TEN-E Regulation brings the EU one step closer to decarbonisation. Being fit for transporting offshore energy and renewable gases, GIE members are ready to support the European Commission's efforts to deliver the EU Green Deal objectives, both at an environmental and economic level.

The EU gas infrastructure can set the EU on track to climate and technological leadership while fostering the social and territorial cohesion as it offers affordable and sustainable solutions. Building on the complementarity that exists between electricity and gas, TEN-E regulation is one of the fundamental tools to establish a well-integrated energy system. To allow gas and electricity integration challenges to be overcome, it is essential to keep a technology-neutral approach and an equal playing field for both energy vectors. Furthermore, a full life cycle analysis of all sources and vectors of energy should also be considered to avoid preferential treatments. 

“To deliver the ultimate decarbonisation goal, a future-proof solution is needed. And the gas infrastructure remains a pillar component of such an action plan. Today, we are already teaming up with the wind and solar power generation. By doing so, we will massively contribute to accelerating the deployment of renewable hydrogen in the soon future thanks to our technical capacities and ability to innovate.” 
Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General stated.

Indeed, the gas transmission system can transport enormous quantities of green molecules over long distances with relatively few additional investments. Underground gas storage facilities can provide large seasonal storage of renewable and low-carbon energy, including hydrogen: salt caverns, with some retrofitting, are suited for pure hydrogen, and the current assessment on the potential of depleted gas fields is showing potential. Imports of liquid hydrogen through the LNG terminals will be necessary to complement domestic hydrogen production in a similar way to natural gas imports today. They will enhance security of supply through source and route diversification and secure access to global and competitive hydrogen.

To establish the future-proof and decarbonised energy system, the  revision of TEN-E Regulation should acknowledge the role of the gas infrastructure in:

fostering the social and territorial cohesion between regions:
Switching from intensive fuels to natural gas enables immediate CO2 emissions reduction while offering an affordable solution to the EU. Moreover, it massively supports the decarbonises hard-to-abate sectors such as heating while proving the necessary security of supply to back up the deployment of renewable energy sources. Last but not least, natural gas also ensures a fair and inclusive solution which considers the multiple pathways of the regions.

enhancing the development of the renewables:
Gas infrastructure operators are actively addressing the challenges of the energy transition and are committed to decarbonising EU’s energy system. They will be key in supporting the development of the hydrogen market. In this regard, renewable and low-carbon gas infrastructure projects to be considered eligible for Projects of Common Interest (PCIs).

ensuring the security of supply:
Gas infrastructure investments between a third country and an EU Member State are pivotal elements of the market integration. It is also crucial to setting stability to the European energy sector and Member States’ economies. 

Here are concrete examples of how the gas infrastructure is a key lever of the energy transition:

The role of gas storage in storing large volumes of hydrogen, thus in ensuring the security of supply while enhancing the hydrogen market:
Gas storage facilities are the foundation of a robust and resilient energy system. They bring the necessary flexibility to allow an increasing share of intermittent renewables to integrate our energy system. They can stock sustainable energy at large-scale, thereby ensuring the security of supply through physical availability of gas, reducing congestion and over-investment of new power transmission lines in the electric system. Given that electricity storage solutions are either limited in scale or only suited for short-term storage, gas storages remain the only affordable large-scale technical solution to meet the seasonal storage needs compared to the other storage technologies. 

The role of the LNG terminals in decarbonising the EU:
In order to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, Europe may need to import renewable energy from outside Europe. LNG terminals could become the entry gateways to Europe. Multiple pathways to decarbonise LNG terminals are possible, e.g. using hydrogen carriers, biogas, biomethane, e-fuels. Moreover, it might also be possible that LNG receiving terminals can be adapted to export energy (e.g. with hydrogen-based carriers) from EU territories with large renewable energy potential. A revision of TEN-E should support the adaptation of LNG terminals. 

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the European association of gas infrastructure operators. GIE members are active in transmission pipelines, storage facilities and LNG terminals. With 70 industry members from 26 European countries, GIE perfectly embodies the multiple transitional decarbonization pathways of the EU regions.

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      🔎  The role of the gas infrastructure in the wide deployment of offshore renewable energy
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Gas infrastructure driving towards Sustainable and Smart Mobility

Brussels, 09/12/20

The EU gas infrastructure will be a key lever of the establishment of a clean, sustainable and affordable EU mobility system. Avoiding stranded assets, it will deliver decarbonisation objectives with costs effective options. In this regard, GIE welcomes the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy presented by the European Commission.

Here is why building on the existing EU gas infrastructure is an excellent opportunity to decarbonise heavy-duty transport and shipping.

“Together, we can make this irreversible shift to zero-emission mobility happen: our industry is committed to supporting the EU in becoming the first climate-neutral region by 2050. We stand ready to share our extensive infrastructure, best practices and capacity to innovate to reduce by 90% the emission in the EU transport.”
Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General, stated.

Decarbonise heavy-duty transport and shipping can be done in a fast and cost-effective way.
The existing gas infrastructure, including LNG facilities, are essential when decarbonising maritime and heavy-duty road transport. They massively contribute to reducing GHG. They also improve the air quality in ports which result in preserving EU citizens’ health. Today, LNG used as a marine fuel can meet the EU’s climate and air quality targets. It can lay the ground for the carbon-neutral liquified biomethane (LBM) and liquified synthetic methane (LSM) without almost no additional investment.

“If we want to successfully decarbonise transport, the vital role of LNG infrastructures must be recognised. For instance, LNG facilities can be easily used tomorrow for climate-neutral BioLNG with almost no modifications. Investing in LNG technologies is not locking us in a polluted system. In the opposite, it can set the EU on track to become the entry door to low-carbon and renewable liquified fuels. This means no stranded assets for Europe and only scale up effects for a climate-neutral BioLNG!”
Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General, added.

To ensure the deployment of Bio-LNG, supporting LNG infrastructures is indeed essential. Today, there are over 330 filling LNG stations across the EU and we can find 53 ports where LNG bunkering is available, a number that will massively increase over the years. By 2030, the EU should count  2.000 LNG stations which means it will be six times the number we have today. Using the current gas infrastructure will also boost BioLNG cross-border trade in Europe.

Key facts:

  • In the shipping sector, 50% of large container vessel orders today are LNG fuelled or ready for conversion to LNG.
  • 20% of BioLNG mix in maritime transport would reduce CO2 emissions by up to 34%.
  • Recently, the world’s largest LNG bunkering operation to date was completed in Rotterdam supplying 17,300 cubic metres of LNG to a French 23,000 TEU Ultra-Large Container Vessel, 13% of which was BioLNG.LNG meets IMO targets: LNG’s SOx is 1,000 times lower than the IMO 0.5% rule.
  • LNG reduces up to 21% GHG emissions compared with oil-based fuels over the Well-to-Wake cycle (see Annex 1). LBM and LSM can reduce them further.
  • LNG improves air quality in urban areas and ports:NOx is reduced by up to 95% and particulate matter by 99% compared to heavy fuel oil.
  • LNG is worldwide available, ensuring security of fuel supply: DG ENER reported on 7 April 2020 that in Q4 2019 LNG was the second gas source to the EU (up by 42% year-on-year). In December 2019 LNG terminals’ capacities were busy almost 70%, with some terminals reaching their full regasification capacity.

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the European association of gas infrastructure operators. GIE members are active in transmission pipelines, storage facilities and LNG terminals. With 70 industry members from 26 European countries, GIE perfectly embodies the multiple transitional decarbonization pathways of the EU regions. GIE is committed to help achieve EU’s ambition to deliver a 90% reduction in transport related GHG emissions and to become the first climate neutral region by 2050.

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