European market

Britain’s natural gas reserves are decreasing and Britain’s dependence on imported gas is growing.

This means that  it is becoming increasingly important to ensure our interconnectors can provide dependable supplies of gas into Britain. Currently there are three connections between Britain and the EU. These are:

  • BBL (Balgzand Bacton Interconnector from Bacton in Norfolk to the Netherlands)
  • Interconnector UK (from Bacton in Norfolk to Belgium)
  • The Irish Interconnectors (from Moffat in Scotland to Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man).

In addition to diminishing GB gas supplies, there has been an increasing liberalisation of the internal European gas market through EU legislation collectively called the Third Package.

As a result of the Third Package and other changes in legislation new principles and rules for access to pipeline capacity have needed to be developed and implemented alongside the design of market-based gas balancing regimes and mechanisms to facilitate efficient investment in new infrastructure.

We contribute to these developments in a number of ways including:

  • through involvement in ACER’s (Agency for the Cooperation for Energy Regulators) Gas Regional Initiatives
  • by supporting the development of European Framework Guidelines and Network Codes
  • by contributing to drafting voluntary guidelines of Good Practice within CEER (Council of European Regulators)
  • by ensuring that arrangements in Britain and on our interconnectors are compliant with European legislation and facilitate market integration.

More information can be found at:

Publications and updates

  • Published: 28th Sep 2015
  • Decisions
  • 7 Associated documents
We have approved the various agreements submitted by the TSOs regarding implementation of the ENCs at Moffat.

  • Published: 25th Sep 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
We have approved changes to IUK's interconnection agreement with NGG.

  • Published: 25th Sep 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
We have approved changes to BBL's interconnection agreement with NGG.

  • Published: 21st Sep 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Interconnector (UK)’s proposal has been approved on the basis that they meet the requirements in the gas interconnector licence.

  • Published: 30th Jul 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
IUK’s proposals have been approved on the basis that they meet the requirements in the gas interconnector licence and the European network codes on capacity allocation, balancing and congestion.

  • Published: 16th Jun 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
We have approved these modifications to the UNC.

  • Published: 12th Jun 2015
  • Decisions
  • 6 Associated documents
This is our decision to modify certain licence conditions relating to the definition of “gas day”.

  • Published: 20th May 2015
  • Closed: 17th Jun 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 8 Associated documents
We are inviting comments on our impact assessment of UNC modifications 0501V, 0501AV, 0501BV and 0501CV.

  • Published: 14th Apr 2015
  • Closed: 4th Jun 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 11 Associated documents
We're asking for views on our proposals to modify certain licence conditions relating to the definition of “gas day” to align them with the EU legislative definition.

  • Published: 9th Apr 2015
  • Guidance, Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This vision paper describes the current joint vision of the regulators on all the relevant elements of LT UIOLI and sets out their common interpretation of the criteria for invoking LT UIOLI and its application.

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