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24th February 2021

After some exceptionally cold weeks in large parts of the world, with temperatures below the seasonal norm, underground gas storage assets have been essential in delivering energy to all European citizens and keeping their houses warm.

Underground gas storage facility in Chémery, France – Image courtesy of Storengy
 
Underground gas storage facility in Chémery, France – Image courtesy of Storengy

Dr Axel Wietfeld, President of Gas Storage Europe (GSE), the European association of the Storage Operators and hence one column of Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), stated: “Underground gas storage facilities have played a pivotal role in ensuring EU security of supply during the cold spell. If we take the example of Germany, in the last few weeks, 61% of gas peak demand was met by underground gas storage withdrawals. All available options and measures have been taken to quickly answer short-term flexibility needs and to ensure that households and industries are able to maintain their daily activities”.

Since early February 20211, the European underground gas storage facilities have constantly guaranteed excellence in operation and worked at a maximum speed by withdrawing up to 10,5 TWh of gas per day – one of the highest daily rates since the ‘Beast from the East’ three years ago2. Such a performance has been made possible thanks to the high storage levels standing at 95% at the beginning of the heating season. On 20th February 2021, they fell to 39% following a sharp decrease of 10 %-points over a period of only two weeks, well below the 63% filling level in the same period last year. This flexibility also benefits to the electricity sector by supplying fuel to gas-fired power stations and bridging the capacity gap at short notice, particularly when the weather conditions are not favorable to renewable energy generation.

Beyond smoothing out seasonal fluctuations in energy demand and supply, European storage system operators this year have also fulfilled a less visible, but unique balancing role for the broader global gas market. Indeed, in January 2021, severe cold snaps and a significant rise in prices in Asia boosted gas exports to meet massive demand in this part of the world.

Dr Axel Wietfeld added: “This highlights that the EU market is extremely resilient thanks to the interplay of large-scale storage facilities, robust transmission pipelines and LNG terminals, even in a tight global gas market. I would like to applaud the efforts of Storage System Operators for reaching these high withdrawal records in the last few weeks and encourage them to sustain their flawless activities”.

Are you curious about the latest storage data?

Check out our AGSI+ Transparency Platform available at: https://agsi.gie.eu/

The AGSI+ (Aggregated Gas Storage Inventory) and ALSI (Aggregated LNG Storage Inventory) platforms are publicly accessible websites that provide daily European storage and LNG data, free of charge. The AGSI+ (since 2007) and ALSI (since 2013) platforms are a voluntary transparency initiative by GIE Members, but are also open to non-GIE Members, free of charge.

The AGSI+ and ALSI platforms and the maps created based on their data are the reference on the field. These publications are well-known and monitored by analysts, journalists, academia, EU representatives covering European storage and LNG data.

 
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1Gas Infrastructure Europe (2021), AGSI+ Transparency platform. Available at: https://agsi.gie.eu. All data in this paragraph have been extracted from this database.
2Please see the press release by Gas Infrastructure Europe (2018) Return of cold weather triggers large use of gas infrastructure in Europe, 20 March 2018.

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Who is GIE?

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators. GIE members are active in transmission, storage and regasification via LNG terminals of renewable and low-carbon gases, including natural gas and hydrogen. Gathering 70 industry entities from 27 European countries, GIE perfectly embodies the multiple transitional decarbonisation pathways of the EU regions. The association'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

26th January 2021

Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) hosted its first workshop of 2021 on What legislation for long-term energy storage? on Monday, 18th January. Torben Brabo, GIE President, and Daniel Fraile, Head of Market Intelligence at WindEurope, provided keynote speeches on the growing needs for long-term and large-scale energy storage. Chaired by Dr Axel Wietfeld, President of the European gas storages (GSE), the event has enabled to shed light on how to reconcile the gas and electricity legislations to adapt to these evolving market conditions.

Gathering more than 95 participants, this two-hour session was well attended with representatives from the European Commission, CEER, WindEurope, ENTSOG, Eurogas, Eurelectric, as well as the business community both from the gas and electricity sectors.

Torben Brabo, GIE President and CEO of Energinet gas TSO, highlighted: “Long-term energy storages are a cornerstone of the decarbonisation and resilience of the energy system. There is currently no alternative to existing long-term energy storage capacities among available storage solutions – the electricity ones being limited in scale or only suited for short- or mid-term storage. We need to understand how gas storages can be integrated into the energy system, energy market and energy value chain”.

The workshop built on the extensive work carried out by GIE members on the role and value of gas storage over the past four years. This time, the focus was on the findings of the latest study commissioned by GIE to Frontier Economics and Baker Botts on Elaborating concrete European legislative proposals on gas storages following the 33rd Madrid Forum. Chloé Delecourt and Vikram Balachandar from Frontier Economics presented this study in the first session, before some recommendations made by GIE.

Cécile Prévieu, GIE Board member and CEO of Storengy, commented: “Thanks to the support of the consultants of Frontier Economics and Baker Botts, numerous lessons have been drawn from the electricity sector and allowed GIE to establish three recommendations. First, ensuring a better coordinated network planning via a greater integration of all flexibility options (electricity, gas, hydrogen, etc.). Second, providing regulatory incentives to avoid increasing electricity capacity costs. Third, introducing government interventions if some residual gas storage market failures persist.”

The attendees also had the opportunity to electronically rank these proposals in terms of priority. Leigh Hancher from Baker Botts, who also played an active role in the study, invited an eclectic panel of experts to comment the poll results in the second session.

Dr Axel Wietfeld, GSE President and CEO of Uniper Hydrogen, concluded: “The three recommendations and study findings provide an input for policymakers to address how to enhance energy system integration through the flexibility provided by long-term energy storage. With these appropriate and fair measures, we want to contribute to the upcoming European legislative process to further support an adequate and reliable supply in gas and electricity. The alignment that we see today among the panelists and attendees on our proposals is an excellent starting point. GIE will continue this dialogue with relevant parties and deliver on the regulatory aspects at the next Madrid Forum.”

We invite you to read the final report Elaborating concrete European legislative proposals on gas storage by Frontier Economics and Baker Botts on the GIE website.
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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.

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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.

 
       
       

 

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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.

 

 

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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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