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: 7th Nov 2014
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This submission for proposed changes to the bilateral agreement between Premier Transmission Limited and BGE (UK) changes the arrangements and procedures for resolving a dispute between the parties by appointing an independent expert.

  • Published: 28th Jul 2014
  • Closed: 29th Sep 2014
  • Consultations and responses
  • 8 Associated documents
One of the most important pieces of recent legislation on European gas and electricity markets is referred to as the Third Package. The Third Package of European energy reforms created a new legal framework to promote cross-border trade.

  • Published: 28th Jul 2014
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Ofgem’s response to National Grid, summarising our position on implementation of the European Network Code on Gas Balancing of Transmission Networks in Great Britain.

  • Published: 13th Jun 2014
  • Closed: 8th Aug 2014
  • Consultations and responses
  • 11 Associated documents
One of the most important pieces of recent legislation on European gas and electricity markets is referred to as the Third Package. The Third Package of European energy reforms created a new legal framework to promote cross-border trade.

  • Published: 13th Feb 2014
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 6 Associated documents
Presentations from the open meeting on the gas day change held on 12 February 2014, hosted and chaired by Ofgem. The meeting updated industry stakeholders on the latest developments in the gas day change project.

  • Published: 11th Feb 2014
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 3 Associated documents
Presentations and summary of the outcomes from a workshop on the Capacity Allocation Mechanism network code (the CAM Network Code) held on 28 January 2014, hosted and chaired by Ofgem.

  • Published: 5th Feb 2014
  • Closed: 24th Feb 2014
  • Consultations and responses
  • 9 Associated documents
The CMP Guidelines were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 28 August 2012 and entered into force 20 days later. The majority of their provisions were required to be implemented by 1 October 2013.

  • Published: 31st Oct 2013
  • Closed: 12th Dec 2013
  • Consultations and responses
  • 18 Associated documents
The Network Code on Capacity Allocation Mechanisms (CAM) (the CAM Network Code) comes into force on 3 November 2013 and must be implemented by 1 November 2015.  In implementing the CAM Network Code, there are two Great Britain (GB)-specific issues...

  • Published: 20th Sep 2013
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 3 Associated documents
Presentations and minutes from the Open Meeting on the Gas Day Change held 18 September 2013,  hosted and chaired by Ofgem.

  • Published: 16th Sep 2013
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 7 Associated documents
Agenda, minutes and presentations from the Open Meeting on Gas Day Change Industry Impacts held on 11th September 2013.

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