Parties and customers can apply to GTS for a new connection to the national transmission grid owned by Gasunie. This relates to connected parties such as industries, private network companies and power plants. According to the Gas Act (Article 10, paragraph 6b) it is also the duty of Gasunie Transport Services to provide an applicant with a connection point if the connection has a flow rate greater than 40 m3(n) per hour.
What does a new connectionpoint mean.
A new connection to the gas transmission network means that we provide a connection point at the nearest point of the gas transmission grid where there is sufficient capacity and pressure. In practice, this will be a valve Tee to which a connected party can connect its own supply line and gas receiving station. You asa connected party therefore has the responsibility for ensuring that the supply line and gas receiving station comply with all the valid regulations, statutory requirements and standards.
How do you apply for a new connection?
Applicants have to complete a number of stages when asking for a connection point to the gas transmission grid: an application form if applicable, a request for offer agreement, an investment agreement and a connection agreement.
- Application form for a new connection
The first step is the completion of the application form by the connected party. That is necessary in order to get as clear an impression as possible of what you as the customer are requesting from us. We have developed an application form for this purpose. We use this application form, if applicable, as input when drawing up the request for offer agreement (ROA). It is therefore important that this form is completed fully and unambiguously.
- Request for Offer Agreement
We can draw up a so-called Request for Offer Agreement based on the application form and sends this to the connected party. As a connected party, you can instruct us to start a study into the potential for connection by signing the request for offer agreement and paying the associated offer fee. This agreement applies only to questions, or questions which have shown that the capacity of the system is insufficient.
- Investment Agreement
As soon as we have received back this signed agreement from you, we will start a study into the potential for a connection. We will send you an investment agreement as a result of the request for offer agreement. This will include a description of the work, a cost estimate and a timetable. If you sign this investment agreement and send it back to us you are instructing us to modify the existing connection.
- Building/construction of the connection point
After instructions have been issued, we will start the building and construction of the connection point. The condition, however, is that you, as a connected end user, have also contracted transport capacity. If you do not yet have transport capacity a transport capacity booking must be made in parallel with the connection process. If you are or will be an end user with exit capacity (Ewex) you can book exit capacity yourself . If you are not EWEX, you can book transport capacity via your supplier or shipper.
- Connection agreement
Before the connection point is brought into use, you must, as a connected party, conclude a connection agreement/aansluitovereenkomst with us.
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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.
In order to be able to make the best possible choice for a connection point it is important to know where a connected party wishes to locate its gas receiving station. For this purpose, we need the coordinates for the planned gas receiving station and, if possible, also a map/sketch/drawing/Google Earth photo indicating the location of the gas receiving station.
Article 17 of the General Conditions for Connection Agreements, version 2.0 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.