Market Consultation – introduction of VIPs - history

Update 20-9-2018! Use this link for the actual page.

Gasunie Transport Services (GTS) will implement virtual interconnection points (VIPs) between the TTF market area and the neighbouring market areas in Germany and Belgium. Virtual interconnections points, or VIPs, aim to eliminate multiple connections between two market areas to facilitate flexible hub-to-hub trading for shippers.

In our first consultation in June-October 2017 we proposed a model for providing VIPs where existing contracts on the IPs will be transferred to the VIP. Below you can find all the documents that were shared in this consultation.

In January 2018, however, we concluded that the network code Capacity Allocation Management (NC CAM) did not provide a clear regulatory framework, and we announced to ask for such a framework through the FUNCtionality process that ACER and ENTSOG provide for these situations.

In April 2018 we conducted a second consultation. Since then we closely monitored the progress within ACER and ENTSOG and come to the conclusion that the chances of reaching the desired regulatory framework (i.e. an amendment to NC CAM) before 2020 are very small. To give our shippers the necessary clarity we therefore decided to aim for an implementation of VIPs with the original VIP-only model with the condition that the network code on tariffs (NC TAR) will be implemented with the postage stamp method as RPM. In the consultation report below you will find our way of reasoning.

On August 6 2018 the European Commission sent a letter stating that in their opinion the NC CAM is clear and does not need to be adapted. The VIP-only model is the correct model and TSOs should implement the VIP-only model keeping any delays limited to a minimum

GTS and ENTSOG disagree with the European commission and remain of the opinion that NC CAM is ambiguous and we still aim to implement the VIP-only model by the first quarter of 2020, We will update the project planning to meet the planned date and we will restart discussions with the neighbouring network operators.

In addition to this, we will send the process code proposal to allow for diversions from and to VIPs to the representative organizations in November 2018, and after processing their comments to ACM for a decision.

2nd VIPs Consultation report 356 kB 28 Jun 2018

13 April 2018 GTS started the 2nd consultation with a workshop. Below you will find the documents used.

Consultation VIPs 30 kB 16 Apr 2018
Consultation Session - GTS handout VIPs 519 kB 16 Apr 2018

On this second consultation we received 9 reactions, of which one was marked confidential. The 8 public reactions can be downloaded below.

1st Consultation

In the period June-October 2017 GTS consulted the market for the first time. Seven parties responded to the GTS proposals.

The documents below tell you how GTS intended to introduce VIPs. In the consultation report you can read how GTS included your feedback in the proposals.

Below the consultation responses from market parties. One extra response is confidential.

Consultatie response BGTL 248 kB 24 Nov 2017
Consultatie response BNE 101 kB 24 Nov 2017
Consultation response ENGIE 78 kB 24 Nov 2017
Consultation response E-NL 268 kB 24 Nov 2017
Consultation response GasTerra 183 kB 24 Nov 2017
Consultation response Vattenvall 55 kB 24 Nov 2017

VIP tariffs

ACM published a draft decision on the VIP tariffs on 22 January to change the Dutch tariff code. GTS takes the opportunity to share its views on this decision in the document below. On 8 May ACM made the decision final.

Please do not hesitate to give your feedback on the proposals by sending email to