German Gas Transmission System body gives deadlines for listing of projects from LNG to green gases

Tuesday, 19 January 2021
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The German Association of Gas Transmission System Operators (FNB Gas), which groups a dozen companies overseeing 40,000 kilometres of natural gas pipeline and other infrastructure, has launched its annual survey of development plans for gas, storage and LNG and for a second year including hydrogen and green gases.

German gas transmission system operators (TSOs) under the association, have launched a survey on the production of and demand for hydrogen and green gases, in the form of synthetic methane and on capacity reservations or expansions to be included in Germany’s Gas Network Development Plan.

Included

In the previous Gas NDP for 2020 hydrogen and green gases were included for the first time.

Market participants are also asked to report capacity reservations and capacity expansion claims pursuant for storage, LNG and production facilities as well as gas-fired power plants to the responsible gas TSOs with a deadline of 31st March 2021.

The deadline is two weeks later for reporting hydrogen and green gas projects.

For this purpose, Berlin-based FNB Gas has published criteria on its Web site for selecting projects to be included.

FNB Gas was founded in 2012 by the German TSOs, the network companies operating the major supra-regional and cross-border gas transportation pipelines.

German natural gas supplies mostly come from Russia's Gazprom and offshore fields in Norway, though one LNG import project is moving forward at an onshore location at Brunsbüttel on the Elbe River near the port of Hamburg.

The TSO association's role is also to act as a central point of contact for policymakers, the media and the general public on behalf of its members.

In the upcoming Gas NDP 2022 there will be another survey and the TSOs will ask companies, project managers, distribution system operators and adjacent projects in neighbouring countries with an impact on Germany to report their hydrogen and green gas projects by the 16th of April, 2021.

“This market survey will provide us with an overview of ongoing hydrogen and green gas projects in Germany and adjacent projects in neighbouring countries that have an impact on Germany,” said Inga Posch, Managing Director of FNB Gas, whose name in German is Vereinigung der FernleitungsnetzbetreiberGas.

“The Gas NDP 2022 will thus be the German transparency platform for the hydrogen market ramp-up,” explained Posch.

The TSOs have published a form on the FNB Gas website for reporting projects related to the production and demand of hydrogen and green gases.

“The completed form must be sent to a gas TSO operating in the area where the project will be implemented,” the FNB explained.

In addition, the TSOs have published criteria as well as further information for green gas projects.

The members of the association are: bayernets GmbH, Ferngas Netzgesellschaft mbH, Fluxys TENP GmbH, GASCADE Gastransport GmbH, Gastransport Nord GmbH, Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH, GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH, Nowega GmbH, ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH, Open Grid Europe GmbH, terranets bw GmbH and Thyssengas GmbH.

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