New uniform postage stamp tariff for the Trading Hub Europe (THE) market area from 1 January 2025.

For the Trading Hub Europe (THE) market area the transmission system operators have determined the uniform tariff from 1 January 2025 on the basis of the Federal Network Agency’s (BNetzA) REGENT 2021 decision.

On 27 May 2024, GRTgaz published this uniform network tariff. The annual tariff for firm, freely allocable entry and exit capacity will be 6,71 EUR/(kWh/h)/a applicable from 1 January 2025.

Compared to 2024, there is a major higher tariff for firm freely allocable entry and exit capacities in the THE market area.

The war in Ukraine has led to significant distortions on the European natural gas market from 2022. The current increase in tariffs can be attributed to various causes, some of which are only now emerging with a time lag and reflect the consequences of this crisis:

  • High storage levels and a significant decline in end consumption and transit volumes lead to a reduced booking forecast.
  • Due to the regulatory account system, the extraordinary effects from the crisis year 2022 (e.g. declines in bookings and high fuel costs) are now increasing costs with a time lag for the first time in 2025.
  • The diversification of supply sources by means of new LNG plants has supported security of supply and helped to dampen the commodity price. The associated investments by individual transmission system operators in new entry points and connecting pipelines for the LNG facilities are also included in the 2025 tariff calculation.

The complete price sheets are available in the Download section.



Marketing Suspension at VIP France-Germany Entry

The VOLKER regulation expires on March 31, 2024. Pending the extension of this regulation, GRTgaz Deutschland and OGE will suspend the marketing of capacities at the VIP France - Germany Entry from March 30, 2024.

With the VOLKER regulation, the BNetzA has enabled a physical flow of odorized gas from France from October 2022 to March 31, 2024. An extension is supported by the responsible BNetzA Ruling Chamber 9, but is still in consultation.

Due to the pending extension of the legislation, GRTD and OGE have decided to suspend the marketing of gas capacities on the VIP France-Germany in the direction from France to Germany.

We regret this restriction and hope to resume transport soon. As soon as new information is available from the BNetzA, we will inform the market.


Additional offer of freely allocable capacities (FZK) at the VIP France Germany Entry

From January 3, 2024, GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH and Open Grid Europe GmbH have allocated additional FZK volumes to VIP France Germany Entry. The French grid operator GRTgaz is also increasing the maximum available volume on the French side to up to 180 GWh/j. GRTgaz has published a market communication for further details on the provision and determination of the available daily capacities on the French side.

In total, this results in a new technically available capacity (TVK) at the VIP France Germany Entry of 7,500,000 kWh/h (sum of TVKs provided by OGE and GRTgaz Germany) from January 3, 2024.

The capacities on the French side are determined on a daily basis so that the volumes are offered as a bundled day-ahead and withinday product on Prisma.


Additional supply of freely allocable capacities (FZK) at the VIP Oberkappel Exit

As of January 1, 2024, GRTgaz Deutschland has placed additional FZK volumes at the VIP Oberkappel Exit. Until now, GRTgaz Deutschland has only provided a share of the dynamically allocable capacities (DZK) (538,350 kWh/h), which could only be firm with a corresponding gas injection at the eastern import points in the Trading Hub Europe (THE) market area. By replacing the DZK volumes for FZK, GRTgaz Deutschland is responding to the changed market and transport situation in Germany. This gives grid users in Austria better access to THE's virtual trading point.

In addition, it has proven technically feasible to place an additional 630,000 kWh/h of FZK at the VIP Oberkappel Exit from January 1, 2024. GRTgaz Deutschland will thus provide a total of 1,168,350 kWh/h of FZK at the VIP Oberkappel and improve Austria's access to gas volumes from Norway and western LNG terminals.

In total, this results in a new technically available capacity (TVK) at the VIP Oberkappel Exit of 8,837,782 kWh/h (sum of TVKs provided by OGE and GRTgaz Deutschland) from January 1, 2024. The additional volumes are already available for the January 2024 monthly auction. Marketing will be carried out by OGE in its function as the responsible TSO for the VIP Oberkappel.


Grtgaz Deutschland achieves ISMS certification


The Federal Network Agency (BNetzA) provides an IT security catalog on the basis of Section 11 (1a) of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG).

The legislation obliges grid operators to have their information security management system (ISMS) certified in accordance with DIN ISO/IEC 27001.

The IT security catalog contains requirements to ensure adequate protection against threats to telecommunications and electronic data processing systems that are necessary for secure grid operation.

After a 14-month process, Grtgaz Deutschland receives the certificate from TÜV Rheinland for successfully completing the ISMS certification.


Further information can be found on the TÜV Rheinland website. (in german only) /media/ikphz2wg/arrow-right.svg


GRTgaz Deutschland obtains Gold Standard certification for 2023

On the occasion of the COP28 in Dubai, UNEP (United Nation Environment Program) published its 3rd edition of International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) report, An Eye on Methane. This report provides the latest updates on methane emission reductions. 

The Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) 2.0 is a voluntary initiative launched by UNEP that aims to improve the reporting transparency and accuracy of methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

Over the last years, GRTgaz Deutschland significantly increased its involvement in climate initiatives and our efforts have been publicly recognized.

For the quality of its reporting, GRTgaz Deutschland has been certified with the Gold Standard since 2021, the highest level of recognition for our progress in this initiative.

GRTgaz Deutschland is fully committed and on track to achieve ambitious methane emission reduction targets : 60 % reduction by 2025.

Read the report on the UNEP website here



Hydrogene European Backbone


On Tuesday November 14, the German government, in partnership with FNB gas, announced its intention to accelerate the development of its future interconnected hydrogen network. On Wednesday 15 November, these measures have been officially adopted, launching a new phase for the projects that form the futur global hydrogen network.

Once completed, the total length of the hydrogen core network will be around 9,700 km, in 2032.

60% of the network will consist of converted existing pipelines.

GRTgaz Deutschland is making a significant contribution to this global project by adapting its existing infrastructure.

The MEGAL pipeline will be part of the German hydrogen backbone and will facilitate the transport of green, low-carbon hydrogen from the Iberian Peninsula via France to Germany.

The Hy-Fen project, promoted by GRTgaz, is expected to make this supply from western Europe possible by 2030, and provide a connection to the German network.

The German hydrogen economy is about to take a major step forward and GRTgaz Deutschland is pleased to be part of it.




Further information can be found on the FNB GAS website. (in german)

All the projects that make up this Network are described in detail.

FNB compares the July draft with the final version of the project 


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