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: 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.

  • Published: 12th Sep 2013
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 2 Associated documents
This letter sets out Ofgem’s final decision on Premier Transmission Limited's application for certification under section 8F of the Gas Act.

  • Published: 22nd Aug 2013
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This is the 2013 Great Britain and Northern Ireland National Reports to the European Commission in accordance with Directives 2009/72/EC (Electricity) and 2009/73/EC (Gas).

  • Published: 18th Jul 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
This is the joint British, Belgian and Dutch regulatory authorities' follow up to our consultation on efficiency of flows across the gas interconnectors.

  • Published: 17th Jul 2013
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 3 Associated documents
Minutes and slides from Ofgem open meeting held on 3 July 2013 on aligning the Gas Day in Great Britain (GB) with Europe

  • Published: 3rd Jul 2013
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Authority's final decision in relation to BritNed application for certification under the ownership unbundling requirements of the Third Package.

  • Published: 22nd May 2013
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Authority's final decision in relation to Interconnector (UK) Limited's (I(UK)'s) application for certification under the ownership unbundling requirements of the Third Package

  • Published: 9th May 2013
  • Consultations and responses
  • 4 Associated documents
This letter draws attention to NGIC and RTE joint consultation on revised access rules for IFA.

  • Published: 8th May 2013
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Authority's final decision in relation to BBL Company VOF's application for certification under the ownership unbundling requirements of the Third Package

  • Published: 12th Mar 2013
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 9 Associated documents
See our open letter which outlines the next steps for the implementation of the network code for Congestion Management Procedures on National Grid Gas and Gas Interconnectors.

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