New Connection

Customers using or delivering gas can apply to GTS for a new connection to the transmission grid owned by Gasunie. This relates to connected parties such as industries, power plants or private network operators but also gas injectors such as producers or storage facilities. According to the Dutch Gas Act (article 10, paragraph 6b) Gasunie Transport Services BV is obliged to provide an applicant with a connection point under the terms referred to in the Act. The precise details are described in the Connection Code Gas TSO (still to be revised).

What does a new connection mean in practice?

For an exit point such as, for example, an industry:
A new connection involves using a connection pipeline to make a link between the gas transmission grid and the measuring and control section of a gas delivery station. You must be able to provide a building in which this measuring and control section can be installed. In this gas delivery station, the gas is brought to the desired delivery pressure and temperature. Safety and measuring devices are also installed. A Connection Agreement (AO) is drawn up.

For an exit point such as, for example, an LDC:
A new connection involves using a connection pipeline to make a link between the gas transmission grid and the measuring andcontrol section of a gas delivery station. You must be able to provide a building in which this measuring and control section can be installed. In this gas delivery station, the gas is brought to the desired delivery pressure and temperature. Safety and measuring devices are also installed. A System Connection Agreement (SVO) is drawn up.

For an entry point such as an injector or storage facility:
A new connection involves using a connection pipeline to make a link between the gas transmission grid and the injector’s installation. A Grid Connection Agreement (GCA) is drawn up.

How do you apply for a new connection point?

When applying for a new connection to the gas transmission grid, the four steps set out below must be completed:

  1. Application form for a new connection
    The first step is the completion of the application form by the connected party. This is necessary to make it as clear as possible what you, as a customer, are requesting from us. An application form is available on our website for this purpose. We will then use the information from this form as input for a feasibility study and an evaluation of the alternatives. It is important for you to complete this form fully and clearly.
  2. Feasibility study and evaluation of the alternatives
    Based on your information we will investigate which connection options we can offer you. A location for the connection will be chosen in consultation with you.
  3. Connection Agreement
    Based on the location chosen and the capacity specified by you, we will work out a more detailed project plan together. The connection agreement to be prepared will describe the infrastructure to be provided by GTS including details of work required and a timetable. By sending back to us the signed connection agreement, system connection agreement or grid connection agreement you are instructing us to implement the new connection.
  4. Building/construction of the connection point
    After instructions have been issued, we will start constructing the connection. You need to make a building available so that a gas delivery station can be set up.

NB: We advise you to contact us in good time if you are considering a connection to our grid. The lead time for constructing a new connection can be more than 2.5 years depending on permits and delivery times of materials.
As a connected party, it is important for you to have the required entry or exit capacity available in good time so you can deliver or offtake gas. Entry or exit capacity can be contracted from GTS by your shipper/supplier.

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FAQ

  • It is important that both minimum and maximum capacity are known. The maximum capacity is given in normal cubic metres per hour at a temperature of 0°C and a pressure of 1013 mbar and with an energy content Hs of 35,17 MJ/m3. The maximum capacity is a determining factor for the design and dimensions of the connection point. We need the minimum capacity in conjunction with the off-take pattern in order to verify the measuring equipment provided by connected parties.
    The off-take pattern raises questions about anticipated use. For example, connected parties may consume more gas in the winter for space heating, so a summer/winter pattern is involved here. Sometimes there is also a continuous (low) basic off-take with regular peaks that are a multiple of the basic off-take.
    In brief, the off-take pattern indicates how connected parties’ installations are operated and provides insight into the possible fluctuations in gas consumption between minimum and maximum capacity.

  • There is no charge for terminating the connection but you do have to bear in mind the 3-month notice period. Your contractual obligations remain in force until the actual termination date.

    Any contracted capacity cannot unfortunately be cancelled, except in the case of bankruptcy or business cessation, when contractual obligations arising from booked capacity are also terminated. 50% of the tariff of the remaining booking will be charged to the holder of the capacity for that.

  • Article 16 of the General Conditions for Connection Agreements, version 3.1 accompanying the connection agreement  describe the conditions under which termination is possible.

    In addition, article 6.A.11 of the TSC deals with the supply of transmission capacity in the event of bankruptcy or business cessation.

  • We will consult you when we start to dismantle the connection or part of it. GTS is responsible for removing the connection, including the connecting pipeline on your site. We will start to dismantle the connection within 2 years of the termination of the connection agreement.

    The supply pipeline must always be depressurised before work can be done in the immediate vicinity of the connection or the supply pipeline.