Customers using or delivering gas 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, power plants, gas producers and underground storages. According to the Gas Act (Article 10, paragraph 6b) Gasunie Transport Services is obliged to provide an applicant with a connection point if the required connection has a flow rate larger than 40 m3(n) per hour.
What does a new connection point imply in practice
A new connection to the gas transmission network means that we provide a connection point at the nearest location where the gas transmission grid has sufficient capacity and pressure. In practice, this will be a valve Tee to which a connected party can connect its own connection pipeline and gas receiving station. As a connected party you therefore have the responsibility for ensuring that the connection pipeline and gas receiving station complies with all the valid regulations, statutory requirements and standards.
How do you apply for a new connection point?
For the application of a new connection point on the GTS grid, the next four steps have to be addressed
- Application form for a new connection point
The first step is the completion of the application form by the connected party. This is necessary in order to get your request to GTS as clear as possible. The information in the application form is used as input for a feasibility study and for the evaluation of the alternatives. It is important that this form is completed fully and unambiguously.
- Feasibility study and evaluation of alternatives
Based on your information our planning department will investigate which connection options we can offer. In consultation with you a location for the connection point will be chosen.
- Connection Agreement
Based on the chosen location and your required capacity we will work out the project plan and connection agreement. This agreement will include a description of the agreed infrastructure including details of required activities and corresponding timetable. By sending back to us the signed connection agreement you instruct us to realize the new connection point.
- Building/construction of the connection point
After instructions have been issued, we will start constructing the connection point.
Note: We advise you to contact us in time if you consider a connection point at our grid. The leadtime for a new connection can be up to 2 years depending on permits and delivery time. Furthermore you have to arrange the necessary entry or exit capacity needed for feeding or delivering gas. Entry or exit capacity can be contracted at GTS by your shipper/supplier.
|Application form new connetion||43 kB||20 Apr 2018|
|Specification GTS measurement Connected Party||13 kB||19 Nov 2018|
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.
To dismantle the complete connection or a part of the connection, please look at “Termination of a connection”
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.