Network operators investigate the future of extra high pressure networks
Distribution network operators Enexis Netbeheer and Enduris and national network operator Gasunie Transport Services (GTS) are looking into whether the extra high pressure networks in southwest Netherlands, which include the ZEBRA pipeline, can become part of GTS's national gas transmission network.
The networks are currently owned by Enexis Netbeheer, Enduris and ZEBRA Gasnetwerk. The network operators are considering, in consultation with the customers involved, whether GTS can take over these networks from mid-2019 onwards and they will also present this proposal to the regulator, the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).
Extra high pressure networks are gas transmission networks operating at higher pressure levels (above 16 bar) managed by distribution network operators. High-calorific gas is transported via these networks. Transferring these networks to the national gas transmission network could make a positive contribution to the Dutch gas market and to the use of the national grid. The feasibility of taking over these networks will be explored over the next six months.