Hydrogen: Signing of a European Memorandum of Understanding

This agreement, the most important one to date at European scale, reinforces cross-border cooperation and is a clear signal of the intention of gas TSOs to contribute to the deployment of hydrogen and new decarbonised gas solutions.

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The purpose of this MoU is to set out key principles on the basis of which the parties will cooperate in jointly pursuing two projects:

  • The first one, led by ONTRAS, concerns a gas filter separating methane and hydrogen compounds from a mixed gas stream. The objective is to build a pilot set of membranes for the separation of hydrogen in hydrogen-natural gas mixtures with high purity. The tests will start in 2020.
  • The second one, led by GRTgaz, is a dedicated testing facility of the future FenHYx platform that will assess the hydrogen readiness of network equipment and evaluate their efficient operation with internal and external leakage test benchmarks. The first cluster of the FenHYx platform will be built in 2020 by the GRTgaz Research and Innovation Center for Energy (RICE) to carry out hydrogen R&D.

"ONTRAS has vast experience with mixed gas streams as we have two power to gas plants feeding hydrogen into our network. With the European cooperation for the separation of hydrogen and participation in the testing facility project we will open new possibilities for the use of existing networks for future trans-border green gas transport", said Ralph Bahke, Managing Director of ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH.

"For many years, GRTgaz has been committed to exploring different ways to contribute to the development and deployment of hydrogen e.g. through blending with natural gas in its network; through supporting innovative production processes such as thermal gasification and through the management of the consortium for the power to gas “Jupiter 1000” pilot project in the South-East of France. Our agreement with ONTRAS will strengthen European research and development efforts towards the deployment of hydrogen and the achievement of climate neutrality. This MoU opens new opportunities to contribute towards the identification of reliable and competitive solutions for the development of the sector and the integration of hydrogen into gas networks", said Thierry Trouvé, CEO of GRTgaz.

"The mega-project of increasing the share of hydrogen injected into our networks calls for a Pan-European effort. To this end, a Franco-German research co-operation offers great potential for new developments in the gas transportation sector. We very much appreciate and actively support this collaboration", said Nicolas Delaporte, Managing Director of GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH.


Into the Cloud!

At the beginning of November, GRTgaz Deutschland completely moved into the cloud with its applications inubit and Gas-X. This makes us the first TSO in Germany who has dared to take this step.

The advantages of these solutions are obvious: high-performance infrastructure, cost reduction and no more time-consuming coordination between the individual service providers.

You can find more information here:


Sopra Steria  


Biogas Levy for Calendar Year 2020 Published

In accordance with sec. 7 of the currently applicable version of the Cooperation Agreement in conjunction with the ‘Guidelines for biogas redistribution levy’, GRTgaz Deutschland publishes the biogas levy fee applicable uniformly throughout Germany. For the calendar year 2020, it amounts to 0.6350 €/kWh/h/a.

The biogas levy fee is charged in addition to the network fee at Exit points to directly connected end consumers of GRTgaz Deutschland. Exit points to storages, border- and market area interconnection points remain unaffected. 

2020 reserve prices for internal orders 


Market area conversion levy for calendar year 2020

The market area conversion levy according to § 25 Terms and conditions for the entry and exit contract and § 10 KoV is calculated nationwide and applicable to all exit points in addition to the network fees. The market area conversion levy will not affect exit points connecting storage facilities, cross-border interconnection points and market area connection points.

For the calendar year 2020, the nationwide market area conversion levy will be 0.5790 €/kWh/h/a.

The reported planned costs for the market conversion for 2020 (as resulting from a comparison of planned and actual costs in 2018) amount to 179,168,392.21€.

In 2018, the nationwide market conversion costs amount to 95,459,483.30€.

2020 reserve prices for internal orders 


Reserve Prices 2020 Published

Your will find the reserve prices 2020 in our Downloads section.


Network fees valid from 1 January 2020 for the NCG market area published

On 23 May 2019, GRTgaz Deutschland published its network fees for 2020. From 1 January 2020, the fee for firm, freely allocable entry and exit capacities with a term of one year will be € 4.07 (kWh/h) / a in the NetConnect Germany market area.

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On 23 May 2019, GRTgaz Deutschland published its network fees for 2020. From 1 January 2020, the fee for firm, freely allocable entry and exit capacities with a term of one year will be € 4.07 (kWh/h) / a in the NetConnect Germany market area.

In contrast to previous years, the network fees applicable from 1 January 2020 will be uniform postage stamp tariffs calculated for the market area in accordance with the Federal Networks Agency’s new REGENT decision. The REGENT decision as well as the MARGIT, BEATE 2.0 and AMELIE decisions by the Federal Network Agency published on 29 March 2019 are designed to implement the requirements of the EU regulation on harmonised transmission tariff structures for gas, the Network Code Tariff (NC TAR), in force since 2017.

The uniform network fee applicable from 2020 for firm, freely allocable transmission capacity calculated in accordance with the REGENT decision is based on the forecast capacity bookings and the pipeline operators’ revenue caps approved by the Federal Network Agency for 2020. The standard fees for capacity bookings at storage facilities and intra-year capacity contracts will be subject to surcharges/discounts. For example, a uniform discount of 75% will apply to capacity bookings at gas storage facilities unless they are used as alternative network interconnection points for cross-border gas transmission. Intra-year capacity bookings will be subject to multipliers applied to the standard fee.

Compared to 2019, this results in approximately 82 % higher fees for entry and exit capacities booked with GRTgaz Deutschland. The adjusted fees are above all based on the market area-wide tariff regime introduced as part of the REGENT decision compared with the tariffs previously applied by individual network operators, as well as on changes in the predicted capacity booking behaviour and permissible revenues (mainly as a result of network investments).

Comment on complaint proceedings against the Federal Network Agency’s REGENT decision:

GRTgaz Deutschland points out that complaints against the REGENT decision are pending before the Higher Regional Court (OLG) of Düsseldorf. Among other things, GRTgaz Deutschland has filed an application for interim relief and for suspension of the calculation of fees in accordance with the REGENT ruling until a decision has been delivered in the main proceedings.


GASCADE and GRTgaz Deutschland appeal against unit price

Transmission system operators oppose stipulation of the Federal Network Agency

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Düsseldorf. The two transmission system operators GASCADE and GRTgaz Deutschland have filed an appeal with the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court against the decision of the Federal Network Agency regarding the introduction of a unit postage stamp in the respective market areas and also submitted applications for interim relief. On April 10, the regulatory authority published the final stipulations in the Official Gazette setting out a uniform entry and exit tariff for all transmission system operators in both market areas as from January 1, 2020 (file ref. BK9-18/611-GP and BK9-18/610-NCG), which will be published on June 1, 2019 for the upcoming capacity auctions.

“We believe that this is a case of prohibited cross-subsidization of national gas distribution to the detriment of cross-border transport,” said Nicolas Delaporte, Managing Director of GRTgaz Deutschland. “It will have a negative effect on the European Single Market and distort European competition conditions relating to gas trading.” “This stipulation of the Federal Network Agency represents the maximum intervention in the existing tariff system imaginable within the context of the transposition of the European provisions from the Network Code on Tariffs,” said GASCADE Managing Director Christoph von dem Bussche regarding the procedure. “Germany runs the risk of losing substantial transit flows and thus also liquidity on the German VTP on account of this considerable price increase,” said von dem Bussche. 

The unit tariff is expected to be applied for the first time in the auction for annual capacities on the PRISMA capacity platform on July 1, 2019. According to forecasts by the Federal Network Agency, it will be 3.27 EUR/kWh/h/a in the GASPOOL market area and 4.21 EUR/kWh/h/a in the NCG market area – a price increase for GASCADE of 24% and for GRTgaz Deutschland of even 88%. However, GASCADE and GRTgaz Deutschland fear that the tariffs will be considerably higher.

As part of the stipulation procedure, GRTgaz Deutschland and GASCADE had, together with two other transmission system operators, put forward an alternative model which would reduce the cross-subsidization with four postage stamps instead of one. This model was rejected by the Federal Network Agency even though both storage operators and gas traders support it.

The two transmission system operators hope that their appeal will lead to the stipulations being quashed. The two transmission system operators also hope that their applications for interim relief will lead to the suspension of the implementation of the uniform postage stamp until a decision has been made on the main case and a return, for the time being, to the previous tariff system in the GASPOOL and NCG market area. 


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Change of marketing rule

With the implementation of the VIP France - Germany, GRTgaz Deutschland will allow overnomination, even if DZK are not sold out.

This change will become effective from the gasday 01.03.2019 on for the points VIP France - Germany and IP Gernsheim.


Market Information regarding VIP Implementation

The following points will change with the implementation of VIP from 01-03-2019

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The following points will change with the implementation of VIP from 01-03-2019
1. Capacity
   1.1 Marketing of capacity
   1.2 DZK Product at VIP 
2. Change of nomination and operative processes
   2.1 Nomination for IPs and VIPs
   2.2 Change of the shipper codes
   2.3 Matching
   2.4 Information about Interruption
   2.5 Overview of nomination codes
3. Registration
   3.1 Registration in PRISMA
   3.2 Communication Test new customers VIP
You can find all information regarding this points here.

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