Consultations & Implementation Information

Start date for BBL capacity auction on Prisma Additional Information

28 October 2015 - The first BBL Company transmission capacity to be auctioned via the PRISMA platform will be on the 31st of October when the gas day of the 1st of November 2015 will be offered via day ahead and within day auctions. Thereafter auctions at interconnection points will be held in line with the EU Network Code on CAM and the ENTSOG auction calendar. Further information about the PRISMA platform can be found here or on the BBL website.




Conclusion Reports on the changes to the GT&C and CM

9 October 2015 – Following the consultations of BBLC’s General Terms and Conditions applicable from 1 November 2015, the Booking Procedure valid until 1 November 2015, and the Charging Methodology for forward flow capacity we now present the Conclusion Reports on all three consultations taking account of the responses received. We would like to thank the respondents for their feedback.





BBLC-NGG Interconnection Agreement – Approval by Ofgem

29 September 2015 - BBL Company (BBLC) can announce that Ofgem has given its approval for the Interconnection Agreement between BBL Company and National Grid.

BBLC and National Grid have made changes to their Interconnection Agreement to facilitate TSO-TSO matching of nominations, a new gas allocation regime involving Operational Balancing Accounts and other provisions in order to be compliant with the requirements of the EU Network Codes.

With the approval by Ofgem, BBL Company will proceed to activate these changes and start operating under this new Interconnection Agreement from the 1st of October 2015.

Update 30 October 2015 - BBL Company has received approval from Ofgem for its Interconnection Agreement. The Interconnection Agreement can be found below.




Interoperability Changes BBL

15 September 2015 - The Third Package of European energy reforms created a new legal framework to improve the functioning of the internal energy market and resolve perceived structural problems. A number of improvement areas have been identified. In particular, insufficient integration between Member States’ markets, insufficient or unavailable cross-border transmission capacity and differing market designs. Subsequently, legally binding Network Codes have been established to address these issues. One of these is the EU Network Code on Interoperability. The consequential impact of this code is that some aspects in the current operational environment will change with effect from Gas Day 01 October 2015, subject to the final approval by the relevant NRA’s of the Interconnection Agreement between BBL Company and National Grid.

Four key changes that will come into effect as at Gas Day 01 October 2015 can be found in the document BBL Company Interoperability Code implementation.




Changes to the GT&C and CM - closed

2 September 2015 - In May 2015 we held a consultation on our proposals  for the implementation of the EU Network Codes on CAM, CMP and BAL. Subsequently, in July 2015 we sought your views on the proposed changes to the Interconnection Agreement between BBLC and NGG to comply with the EU Network Code on Interoperability. We would like to thank you for your feedback.

Now we present the conclusion reports on both consultations taking account of your feedback. Furthermore, to facilitate compliance with the EU Network Codes and in line with the conclusion reports changes have been made to BBLC’s General Terms and Conditions (GT&C) and the charging methodology for forward flow capacity. These changes are up for consultation.

In addition to the changes to the GT&C to accommodate the EU Network Codes, BBLC proposes to change its booking procedure to facilitate shippers’ requests for profiled capacity bookings and the reshuffling of existing capacity contracts which are obligated after 2022. This booking procedure will be applicable until the introduction of CAM on 1 November.

Shippers wishing to purchase capacity, profiled or flat,  between now and 1 November 2015  are invited to submit their capacity requests to BBLC by Monday 26 October. BBLC will then  compare the total requested demand in relation to the available capacity. In the event that more capacity has been requested  than is available, capacity will be allocated based on the length of the booking, which means that  priority will be given  to bookings with a longer duration. All bookings are subject to final NRA approval of the revised booking procedure and charging methodology.

With the introduction of CAM and CMP on 1 November 2015 it will no longer possible to offer the profiled booking and reshuffling services to the market after that date.

You are invited to submit your comments on the proposed modifications to consultations@bblcompany.com by Wednesday 30 September 2015.



Consultation documents





Modifications to the IRF charging methodology - closed

21 July 2015 - With the introduction of the European Network Code on Capacity Allocation Mechanisms (CAM) on the BBL interconnector on 1 November 2015 unbundled quarterly, monthtly and daily interruptible reverse flow (IRF) capacity will be offered on PRISMA primary instead of BBL’s own IRF capacity auction platform. The introduction of CAM on the BBL and the use of PRISMA lead to modifications to BBL’s charging methodology for IRF capacity.

Standard Licence Condition 11 of BBL’s Interconnector Licence states that BBL shall not make a modification to the charging methodology unless BBL has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that all persons who may have a direct interest in the charging methodology are consulted on the proposed modification.

BBL’s charging methodology for IRF capacity was approved by Ofgem on 13 May 2010. The changes to the charging methodology from 1 November 2015 are the following:

  • the use of the PRISMA auction platform instead of BBL’s own auction platform
  • the use of the ascending clock algorithm for the quarterly and monthly products and use of the uniform price algorithm for the daily product instead of the single round pay-as-bid auctions
  • price increments of 0.00001 €/kWh/h instead of 0.001 €/kWh/h are available in the uniform price algorithm
  • the minimum amount of capacity available for purchase at each auctionwill be 1 kWh/h instead of the current 30,000 kWh/h tranches
  • the 2-days-ahead auctions for the daily product will cease and will be replaced with daily capacity auctions

All other features remain unchanged including the product range, the zero reserve price and the subscription fee. More information on BBL’s IRF services are available at Interruptible Reverse Flow.

Market parties are invited to send any comments  or  questions on the proposed changes to consultations@bblcompany.com before Tuesday 18 August 2015.




Consultation BBLC-NGG Interconnection Agreement - closed

2 July 2015 - BBL Company (BBLC) and National Grid NTS are announcing the start of a stakeholder consultation process on changes to the Interconnection Agreement for which we are seeking your views.

BBLC and National Grid NTS have been developing changes to their Interconnection Agreement to facilitate TSO-TSO matching of nominations, a new gas allocation regime involving Operational Balancing Accounts and other provisions in order to deliver amended agreements that are compliant with the requirements of the EU Network Codes.

The consultation opens today and closes at 17:00 on 29th July 2015. The consultation letter can be found here and for the Interconnection Agreement please find the download here.

If you have any questions about the consultation please sent it to the NGG mailbox box.gas.market.development@nationalgrid.com or for BBLC Rudi Streuper r.streuper@gasunie.nl.




Public consultation on the implementation of the Network Code on CAM and CMP is closed

18 May 2015 - The consultation on our implementation proposals is closed. We would like to thank you for your feedback.

We received formal responses from seven parties. We are currently reviewing these. Two responses are labelled confidential. The non-confidential responses are published.




Public consultation on the implementation of the Network Code on CAM and CMP

2 April 2015 - BBL Company (BBLC), Gasunie Transport Services (GTS) and National Grid Gas (NGG) are launching a consultation, jointly seeking your views on our proposals to implement the European Network Code on Capacity Allocation Mechanisms and the Congestion Management Procedures from 1 November 2015.

We invite comments  on all the questions raised in our Consultation Letter and any other reflections which respondents may have. The consultation period is from 2 April 2015 to 8 May 2015. A workshop will be organized on 29 April 2015, please find here how to register for this event. Please see our Consultation Letter and our Concept Document for more information.

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