Interconnection Points

In accordance with the requirements of the Network Code on Capacity Allocation Mechanisms (CAM NC), entry and exit capacity at cross-border interconnection points (see appendix 8 of the TSC) is auctioned via the European capacity platform Prisma. In line with CAM NC, GTS offers the following standard capacity products at these interconnection points:

  • Yearly capacity (per  year for max. 15 gas years in advance);
  • Quarterly capacity (per quarter for the 4 quarters of the next gas year);
  • Monthly capacity (per month for the next month);
  • Daily capacity (per day for the next );
  • Within-day capacity

These capacity products are auctioned on the days specified in advance and laid down in the auction calendar.

The capacity to be auctioned not only consists of the available technical capacity, but can also include capacity that shippers want to offer in the context of Surrender of Capacity via GTS on the Prisma auction platform. As part of the Congestion Management Procedures, GTS offers Oversubscription & Buy Back (OBB) capacity at interconnection points experiencing contractual congestion.

In principle, the capacity available at the interconnection points is auctioned as bundled capacity as far as possible. Based on the capacity offered by the TSOs, the Prisma platform will determine the amount of capacity that can be bundled is specified on the Prisma platform. If one of two TSOs is offering more capacity than the other TSO, this capacity will be offered by PRISMA as unbundled capacity.

GTS offers interruptible capacity if all firm capacity at an interconnection point is sold out. Interruptible capacity (both forward and backhaul) is only offered as a daily product on a day-ahead basis. Interruptible capacity has a probability of between 0% and 15% of being interrupted and the tariff reduction is 30%.

Backhaul entry- en exitcapaciteit

The backhaul entry capacity service gives the right to administratively withdraw a certain hourly volume of gas from the national gas transport network, at entry points indicated by GTS, where the gas crosses the Dutch national borders, against the physical flow. The backhaul exit capacity services gives the right to administratively feed a certain hourly volume of gas into the national gas transport network, at exit points indicated by GTS, where the gas crosses the Dutch national borders, against the physical flow.

At interconnection points, the backhaul entry and exit capacity is contracted and allocated by means of an auction.

For operational arrangements see NC Interoperability