The Chair welcomed all participants and expressed his pleasure to host this nineteenth Stakeholders Group (SG) meeting.
Approval of the agenda and minutes from the last meeting
The agenda and minutes from the last meeting were approved with no changes.
II.1. Status of CAM Roadmap in SGRI Regulators informed about the status of the Draft CAM Roadmap in the South Region. The Draft CAM Roadmap was submitted to public consultation in March. Seven answers were received: 5 from shippers, 1 from TSO and 1 from association. All of them welcome the process. The main comments are related to the necessity of coordination between NRAs and TSOs, the platform to allocate capacity (cost to be shared and efficient process), capacity to set aside according to CAM NC (10% both for yearly and quarterly capacity products), and rights of the existing contracts to be maintained and shipper single license to operate in the Region. The next step is to publish the CAM Roadmap taking in consideration the comments received during the Public Consultation. Also, the capacity products, available capacity and IT systems need to be defined as soon as possible.
The floor agrees that a joint IT platform to allocate capacity in the whole Region is crucial and imperative to implement the CAM NC, recently approved through comitology by the EC. By September 2013 the implementation of IT systems and national regulation modifications should be addressed.
Regulators ask TSOs to make a formal decision to join an IT system in summer, including a formal request to the competent Regulator and Ministry, if appropriate, to support the incurred cost.
II.2. Available capacity, standard products and IT systems TSOs presented the current figures of the available capacity (yearly and quarterly products) at the Spanish-Portuguese border in both directions, for the period of 15 years. Shippers asked for regular updating of these figures. In particular, the capacity available in SP-PT direction arisen for the long term transit contract. Regulators informed that involved parties have been requested to develop a roadmap to adapt the transit contract following European regulations.
II.3. 2013 Auction between Spain and Portugal TSOs presented data of capacity products to be sold through 4 auctions in June 2013: firm yearly, interruptible yearly, firm quarterly and interruptible quarterly. Also, monthly capacities will be offered after the auctions but in a FCFS basis.
The content of the Draft “Information Memorandum 2013”, Procedures for the annual auction of yearly and quarterly cross-border capacity products between Portugal and Spain, was presented and it will be published in TSOs websites in the following these days. Main changes, compared to 2012 auction, are the offer of quarterly products instead of monthly products and more time is provided for the qualifications process.
The national regulation approving the mechanism is being developed.
II.4. Update information on PRISMA GRTgaz presented the progress in PRISMA development, highlighting that the platform is operational since April 2013, one year after signing the MoU. 19 TSOs have joined PRISMA, connecting nine European hubs in 7 countries.
ENAGAS, REN and TIGF have not taken a decision yet about joining PRISMA, although TIGF is included in the presentation. TSOs consider that the cost must be supported by the systems in whole Region. The fee to take part of PRISMA is 96.000 euros/month for GRTGaz.
French regulator considers necessary to join PRISMA in the South Region, because it is profitable for all shippers and it will also create better integration in the Region. The UK gas crisis occurred in March has shown how the gas flow between Sp and Fr have not presented significant changes, even though the prices in the North of Europe were very high. So, it seems that the market is still not integrated enough in the South GRI.
The importance of taking into consideration the CAM Roadmap in the process of creation the Iberian gas hub was outlined. EFET welcomes the initiative of CAM early implementation in SGRI and recommends that bundled products should be consistent.
III.1. Status of CMP Roadmap in the SGRI Regulators presented the agreements reached with the TSOs in last IG meeting, held on 25th March. Also, they informed that there are points under discussion in the three CMPs to be implemented by October 2013.
TSOs presented a joint document, made by ENAGAS, GRTgaz, REN and TIGF, on the conditions established in Surrender and UIOLI LT mechanisms.
The main issues discussed were related to the responsibilities for launching and approving the UIOLI LT mechanism, if TSOs or NRAs decide the quantity of capacity to be offered and the capacity to be offered in annual auction.
Regulators encourage stakeholders to make comments on the CMP Roadmap. In order to implement the CMPs by October 2013, it is essential to comply with the calendar established in the Region:
By 14 May 2013, a document will be elaborated by TSOs, containing the completed detailed definition of capacity surrender, LT UIOLI and detailed proposals of OSBB mechanism, including different timescales, examples and implementation agenda for the three CMPs.
In June 2013 the NRAs will give feedback on the TSOs document. In July 2013 the contractual congestion situation at IPs will be analysed according to statistic data. Also, a Public Consultation will take place on the procedure. In September 2013 the NRAs will approve the CMPs.
IV.1. Update on Project of Common Interest (PCI) Identification Regulators updated on PCI identification in the North West corridor group. The 8th meeting was held on 22th April, to approve the first 20 ranked projects in the PCIs list. The next meeting is not scheduled but it will be held to discuss the cost allocation and incentives.
The list will be sent to ACER in order to gather its opinion. The approval and publication are expected by September 2013.
Comments were raised around the position of the two projects in the Region: MIDCAT is in 14th place and the 3rd interconnection point between Portugal and Spain is in the 11th IV.2. GRIP TSOs presented the progress on the GRIP including the 3 countries and the 4 TSOs in the South region. The methodology is in line with ENTSOG TYNDP 2013-2022, but focused in the regional level, complementing it and made consistent with National Plans.
ACER Opinion on the South GRIP 2011-2020, of 25th March 2013, will be taking into account. Some ACER recommendations will be addressed, in this new edition of the GRIP.
EFET show concern about the CBA, the need of the new gas infrastructures and the transparency of the process regarding the benchmarking of cost.