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Policy & Regulation

Grid congestion persists on EU borders

Despite progress on market reforms, TSOs are still not offering enough capacity to meet demand on some European border points Despite progress on market reforms, TSOs are still not offering enough capacity to meet demand on some European border points.
By Andreas Walstad 30 May 2019 Europe & Russia / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 34267
Infrastructure at Austria's Baumgarten gas hub. (Nambucco)

A report published this week by the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) suggests there is more demand than available capacity at some gas pipeline interconnection points at EU borders.

The report studies the phenomenon of ‘contractual congestion’, which occurs when the demand of shippers for entry or exit capacity at interconnection points exceeds that offered by transmission system operators (TSOs).

The number of interconnection points labelled contractually congested by ACER rose to 31 in 2018, up from 17 the year before....