Balancing Arrangements Consultation Paper

Industry responses received to the Balancing Arrangement Consultation Paper (which is accessible below): 

Notification issued by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (25th August 2016)

Gas Networks Ireland have today 25th August 2016, issued a consultation inviting industry feedback on future Balancing Arrangements for Gas Networks Ireland. Such arrangements will be used by the TSO to carry out operational balancing on the gas transmission system.

Under the EU Gas Balancing Network Code network users are responsible for balancing their portfolios, with the aim of minimising the need for transmission system operators to undertake operational balancing actions. In addition, the TSO is responsible for taking Balancing actions in order to maintain the network within operational and efficiency limits. In 2015, Gas Networks Ireland applied to the CRU to apply Interim Measures on the basis that there was insufficient liquidity in Ireland. The application of Interim Measures included the retention of a Balancing Services contract as the sole means of taking operational system Balancing actions. In the meantime, other major changes have occurred including additional indigenous flows from the Corrib gas fields resulting in indigenous production exceeding Irish demand on certain days.

On the basis of industry feedback in July and August 2015, Gas Networks Ireland prioritised the implementation of an Enhanced Virtual Reverse Flow (VRF) product which was introduced in April 2016. With this product now in place, Gas Networks Ireland is now consulting on the range of balancing options available.

A link to the consultation is available below.

Industry feedback will inform Gas Networks Ireland in the next steps when it submits a proposal to the CRU for approval. Responses may be directed to .

Depending on feedback received, a workshop on the matter may also be convened.