NetConnect Germany GmbH & Co. KG (NCG) launched a new balancing product, the Short Call Balancing Services (SCB). The SCB product is to serve as a tool for meeting short-term structuring requirements in the low CV gas system.
The extent to which market-based (“external”) balancing actions for structuring purposes are required in the low CV gas system can only to a limited degree be projected for three hours ahead, which is the general lead time applicable to the balancing products which were used in the market area NetConnect Germany. A large part of the structuring needs requiring shorter lead times was met from the linepack of the low CV gas system as well as via the existing bilateral operational balancing accounts in place between the German TSOs and GTS. However, linepack flexibility in the low CV gas system was not always sufficient to meet these structuring requirements and the OBA flexibility could only be used on an “as-available” basis.
NCG introduced the SCB product for use as a new balancing service within rank 4 of the merit order (“MOL 4”). The gas requirements met through the SCB product are tendered out on a long-term basis for delivery at storage connection points (storage Epe-L) in the balancing zone “L-Gas Ost” (low CV zone East, LO).
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