Germany’s gas hub merger sparks controversy

The planned merger of Gaspool and NetConnect Germany has political support, but many observers are unconvinced
By Silvia Favasuli 18 May 2017
VNG trading in Leipzig, Germany. Plans to merge the country’s gas trading hubs have come as a surprise. (VNG)

Legislative proposals published by Energy Minister Brigitte Zypries to merge Germany’s two gas hubs have come as a surprise to analysts and stakeholders alike. 

However, adoption of the proposals is seen as “very likely [as there is the] political will to do so”, Patrick Barouki, head of gas trading and origination at German energy company Uniper, told delegates at the Flame conference in Amsterdam last week.

Germany’s government is planning to combine the country’s two markets in April 2022. According to the draft law, published...

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