The objective of Gas Industry Co's transmission pipeline balancing work is to identify the extent to which arrangements for balancing gas receipts and deliveries on the transmission pipelines support the safe, efficient and reliable delivery of gas.
The objective of Gas Industry Co's pipeline balancing work is to identify where transmission balancing arrangements fail to support the safe, efficient and reliable delivery of gas. Pipeline balancing arrangements have been evolving since the inception of the Maui Pipeline Operating Code (MPOC) in 2005. The current arrangement, known as Market-Based Balancing (MBB), was introduced on 1 October 2015. We expect it to be replaced by a new balancing arrangement, integral to the new Gas Transmission Access Code (GTAC) arrangments that First Gas aims to introduce on 1 October 2020.
Information about MBB is found under Current Arrangements, including Gas Industry Co's 2016 review of MBB, stakeholder submissions on that review and a subsequent follow-up paper on the costs on implementing MBB.
Under Developing there is no current activity to report on. We expect the next activity on this work programme will occur after First Gas introduces its new transmission access regime which it aims to do on 1 October 2020. Once there is sufficient experience of those new arrangements it may be necessary to re-assess the effectiveness of the balancing arrangements.
Under Background we describe the history of how the balancing arrangements have evolved, including a link to our August 2014 report ‘Transmission Pipeline “Balancing 2006-2014’.
In November 2016, following the first year anniversary of the introduction of Market-Based Balancing (MBB), Gas Industry Co released Review of Market-Based Balancing (MBB Review) for stakeholder feedback. The MBB Review found that primary and secondary balancing had significantly improved, and that there was scope for further improvement.
An Analysis of Submissions on the MBB Review was prepared by Gas Industry Co following the ten stakeholder submissions received in December 2016.
The Analysis found that most submitters considered that Gas Industry Co’s approach to the MBB Review was reasonable and helpful, with some submitters suggesting further analysis was needed. As part of the next steps reflected in the MBB Submissions Analysis, Gas Industry Co requested information from retailers regarding the incremental costs of implementing MBB. In general, this showed that the costs varied considerably between shippers, but that the cost estimates used in the Cost Benefit Analysis supporting MBB were of the right order.
The Analysis of Submissions, submissions received, the MBB Review, and The costs of implementing MBB are available below under RELATED DOCUMENTS.
There is no current activity in relation to this work programme. We expect the next activity will occur a year or so after First Gas introduces its new transmission access regime, which it aims to do on 1 October 2020. Once there is sufficient experience of those new arrangements it may be necessary to re-assess the effectiveness of the balancing arrangements.
Balancing arrangements have been under review since the inception of the Maui Pipeline Operating Code in 2005. Transmission Pipeline Balancing has been the subject of extensive industry discussion since then and some improved arrangements have been introduced. Key features of the evolution of balancing arrangements are:
A fuller explanation of these early developments can be found below.
Date Published: 01 October 2009
The following papers have been issued by various stakeholders to promote discussion on transmission pipeline gas balancing. Links to these papers are provided here for the convenience of readers. Gas Industry Co does not necessarily endorse the content of these papers.
In February 2014, the gas market operator emTrade published a paper entitled Gas Balancing: International Benchmarking and Good Practices.
In March 2014, Gas Industry Co obtained a report it had commissioned from Concept Consulting entitled Gas Balancing in Selected European Jurisdictions.
In April 2014 the Maui Development Limited (MDL) Commercial Operator engaged with stakeholders to discuss its view of how transmission pipeline balancing arrangement could evolve. Its views are set out in a paper entitled The types of pipeline balancing and related concerns - see related documents.
In August 2014, in addition to these reports, Gas Industry Co provided a memo, as an aide-memoire for stakeholders, that provides a summary of efforts to improve pipeline balancing arrangements since 2006.
No comments have been received to date, in relation to these reports.