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: 21st Feb 2013
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter approves the proposed changes to the bilateral agreement between BGE (UK) and PTL to allow for virtual reverse flow service from Northern Ireland to GB

  • Published: 6th Nov 2012
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This is the 2012 Great Britain and Northern Ireland National Reports to the European Commission.

  • Published: 6th Nov 2012
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This is a decision letter rejecting proposed amendments to Premier Transmission Limited transportation agreement on the basis that the proposals as they stand would delay implementation of virtual reverse flow capacity in Northern Ireland.

  • Published: 6th Nov 2012
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This is decision letter rejecting proposed amendments to Bord Gais Eireann transportation agreement on the basis that the proposals as they stand would delay implementation of virtual reverse flow capacity in Northern Ireland.

  • Published: 1st Oct 2012
  • Closed: 20th Dec 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 20 Associated documents
This letter launches a review of gas flows on interconnectors between GB and the Continent.

  • Published: 4th Sep 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
See our approval letter for access rules for the EirGrid East-West Interconnector.

  • Published: 4th Sep 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Approval letter for access rules for the Moyle interconnector

  • Published: 3rd Sep 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Approval letter for charging methodology for the EirGrid East-West Interconnector

  • Published: 20th Jun 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Authority’s final decision in relation to SP Transmission Limited's application for certification under the ownership unbundling requirements of the Third Package.

  • Published: 20th Jun 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Authority’s final decision in relation to Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission Limited's application for certification under the ownership unbundling requirements of the third package.

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