Gas Transmission System Operators Publish Scenarios for Grid Development Plan

The German gas transmission system operators published scenarios for a 10-year gas transmission system grid development plan for consultation.

Pursuant to the new Section 15a of the recently revised German Energy Act (EnWG), the German gas transmission system operators are required to set up an annual nationwide gas grid development plan and submit it to the Federal Network Agency, starting 1 April 2012. The plan has to contain all measures considered necessary for the next ten years regarding the need for optimising and reinforcing the grid as well as its expansion, while maintaining the security of supply.

As a basis for the grid development plan, Prognos AG drafted three scenarios, assuming that gas demand in Germany declines between 2009 and 2022 by 14% (scenario I) to 25 % (scenario III). In accordance with its obligations under Section 15a EnWG, the gas transmission system operators published these scenarios on their website www.netzentwicklungsplan-gas.de.

All interested parties are invited to submit comments via e-mail (stellungnahme@netzentwicklungsplan-gas.de) until 9 September 2011. They will be passed on to the Federal Network Agency. In addition to making written comments a workshop will be held on 31 August 2011 in Berlin. Applications for the workshop can be made on the website of the gas transmission system operators (www.netzentwicklungsplan-gas).

In July the Federal Network Agency already published three scenarios for a 10-year development plan for the electricity grid for consultation purposes. As the gas transmission grid operators pointed out, Prognos drafted the three gas scenarios, taking into account the electricity grid scenarios. Besides, assumptions regarding the “gas-to-power” technology were made, based on state-of-the-art technology.

Source: Netzentwicklungsplan Gas

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