GTS transport tariffs stable in 2014
The transport tariffs for 2014 charged by national network operator GTS (Gasunie Transport Services) are stable compared to the 2013 tariffs. This follows from the tariff decision published by the Dutch regulator, the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM, previously the NMa).
Separate (capacity) tariffs
A number of changes have been made in the tariff structure due to recent amendments to the Network Code. Tariffs are now expressed in kWh and a 25% discount applies to entry and exit tariffs for gas storage facilities. The GTS tariffs for 2014 will also be based on five statutory tasks. Furthermore, tariffs are now separately set for five statutory tasks of which transmission determines nearly 90% of GTS’ turnover. Separate (capacity) tariffs have also been set for the following tasks: quality conversion, balancing, existing connections and connection points.
This tariff structure will lead to greater variation. Whether GTS customers will ultimately pay more or less than they did in 2013 may differ per individual shipper. This is because tariffs have become more dependent on the specific services each shipper acquires. On average, for all statutory tasks combined, 2014 tariffs will remain unchanged from last year when adjusted for the temporary repayment effect. The repayment was a temporary discount applied to 2012 and 2013 tariffs to adjust for a revision in previous regulatory periods.
The new tariffs will apply from 1 January 2014.
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