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Information on the current gas supply situation in Germany

As an operator of critical gas supply infrastructure, we would like to share information on the current situation with you.

Current situation report

The Federal Network Agency publishes a current situation report daily. This report includes information about the gas flows from Russia and the filling levels of the German storage facilities. As a transmission system operator, terranets bw is a member of the national gas crisis team. terranets bw provides information on the consumption structure for its supply area for this situation report. 

Situation report of the Federal Network Agency

The situation report of the BDEW "Deutsche Energiewirtschaft: Verantwortung für Versorgungssicherheit" ("German Energy Industry: Responsibility for Security of Supply") provides an overview of current developments in the supply of energy.

Situation report of the BDEW

Learn more about the current situation

The market area monitor of the Trading Hub Europe shows all gas shipping data in and out of the market area.

THE Market Area Monitor

An overview of European gas flows are provided by the ENTSOG GASFLOW DASHBOARD.

ENTSOG GASFLOW DASHBOARD

BNetzA veröffentlicht Prognosen zur Versorgungssituation

Modellierung für den Zeitraum Juli 2022 bis Juli 2023

Am 03. August hat die BNetzA mit ihrer Modellierung von Gas-Szenarien ihre Prognosen zur Versorgungssituation in Deutschland für den Zeitraum Juli 2022 bis Juni 2023 veröffentlicht.

Modelliert wurden drei Varianten zu russischen Importen über die Nord Stream 1: ein vollständiger Ausfall der Lieferungen, Beibehalten der Lieferungen von 20% der Maximalmenge sowie eine Erhöhung der Gaslieferungen auf 40%. Bei jeder Variante wurden neben einem Basisszenario auch mindestens 6 weitere Szenarien modelliert, in denen Import, Verbrauch und Export variiert wurden.

 

Im Ergebnis, so die BNetzA, werden in keinem Szenario sämtliche Speicherfüllstände erreicht. Ohne entsprechende Maßnahmen kann es ab November oder Dezember zu einer Gasmangellage für den Rest des Winters kommen, d.h. dann übersteigt die Nachfrage nach Gas das Angebot.

Eine Gasmangellage kann nur verhindert werden durch deutliche Gaseinsparungen von 20% im Inland und eine Reduzierung der Exporte. Sollten die Gaslieferungen über die Nord Stream1 vollständig ausfallen, sind zwingend zusätzliche Importe notwendig.

Die Szenarien Gasversorgung sind veröffentlicht unter
Szenarien Gasversorgung (PDF)
FAQs Szenarien Gasversorgung (PDF)

Information dated 23.06.2022, 11:30 h

On 23 June 2022, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (abbreviated BMWK) declared the alert level of the Emergency Plan for Gas in Germany.

Declaration of the alert level in the Emergency Plan for Gas is the second of three escalation levels. It lies in the responsibility of the BMWK to declare the crisis levels. Authority intervention in the load flows by the federal dispatching centre (Federal Network Agency) does not take place until the third level (emergency level).

Press release of the BMWK (23.06.2022)

The Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Robert Habeck, cited the reduction in gas deliveries from Russia since 14 June 2022 and the continuing soaring prices on the gas market as reasons for the announcement. Should Russia continue to deliver only 40 percent of the gas deliveries via Nord Stream 1, it will be difficult to achieve a storage level of 90 percent by December 2022 without additional measures, according to Habeck.

The transmission system operators (TSOs) are fulfilling their mandate and are taking measures to guarantee transmission capacity availability and network stability, also in the current market environment. They are therefore applying market-based instruments according to section 16 (1) of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) in close coordination with the market area manager, Trading Hub Europe (THE). Currently, all networks are balanced and there are no gas shipping problems.

terranets bw continues to be in close exchange with authorities, transmission system operators, associations and customers, in particular distribution system operators, in the supply area. The status report of the Federal Network Agency informs you about the current supply situation at:

Federal Network Agency – Current Gas Supply Status

 

Information dated 30.03.2022

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (German: BMWK) announced the early warning level of the Emergency Plan for Gas in Germany on 30 March 2022.

Press release and FAQs of the BMWK (30.03.2022) 

terranets bw welcomes the announcement of the early warning level as a precautionary measure. Announcement of the early warning level facilitates that emergency processes can be established early and tested in advance in order to react quickly and take coordinated and targeted actions in the case of a crisis.  

After announcement of the early warning level, terranets bw further intensified its close exchange with authorities, transmission system operators, associations and distribution system operators in the supply area.

The standardised communication process with its directly connected grid operators, authorities, directly connected end consumers, storage facility operators and the corresponding shippers began. Parallel to this and as a precautionary measure, terranets bw is querying the customer and consumption structure in its directly connected networks. terranets bw is also in exchange with end consumers. They are asked, for example, if they can switch to an alternative energy source and how much lead time they require.

Germany´s Emergency Plan for Gas 

The Emergency Plan for Gas regulates how to handle an impending or occurring gas supply crisis taking into account various laws (e.g. SoS Regulation for natural gas, Energy Industry Act). 

The Emergency Plan for Gas identifies tasks and roles as well as the crisis coordination and communication of natural gas supply companies, commercial gas customers and authorities for each crisis level.  

Emergency Plan for Gas

Guidelines for Gas Crisis Prevention

The Guidelines for Gas Crisis Prevention describes in detail a procedure for congestion situations and standardised communication processes between transmission system operators and distribution system operators, end consumers, storage facility operators, shippers. 
This includes processes such as  

  • Information on possible congestion situation 
  • Notification on shutdown potential (distribution system operators) 
  • Notification on injection potential (storage facility operators)

Guidelines for Gas Crisis Prevention

BDEW application guidelines for grid operators

Fundamentally, grid operators are obliged to ensure the operation of safe and reliable grids within the scope of their system responsibility according to the Energy Industry Act (EnWG). Based on sections 15, 16 and 16a of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG), transmission system operators and distribution system operators play a significant role in securing the supply of gas. In the event of an acute shortage situation and a triggering of the emergency level according to the Emergency Plan for Gas, sovereign emergency rights are granted to the federal load dispatching centre.

For implementing section 16 (2) of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG), the legislator does not stipulate any detailed criteria for grid operators for deciding which measures are to be taken or to what extent or with which parties in order to eliminate the hazardous or disruptive situation as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The grid operators have some room for assessing their actions within the customer groups of both non-protected and protected customers. The BDEW has drawn up application guidelines for grid operators for implementing section 16 (2) of the Energy Industry Act (EnWG) in the time of tension leading up to the occurrence of an Energy Security Act (EnSiG) case. This application support is published in the member section of the BDEW. To the application support in the Plus-Section (BDEW)

To the application support in the Plus-Section (BDEW)

ENTSO-G "Summer Outlook 2022": assessment on filling gas storage facilities in the EU over the summer months

Within their joint association ENTSO-G, European transmission system operators have reviewed how they can best achieve a filling of the EU´s gas storage facilities over the summer months should there be a partial or complete loss of gas supply from Russia.

The most important findings are:

  • The assessment confirmed that EU member states can be supplied in the summer months should there be a complete loss of gas deliveries from Russia. However, the storage facilities in the EU would be insufficiently filled so that they would provide only limited support in the subsequent winter months.
  • By increasing LNG imports to the maximum feed-in capacity and raising domestic production in all EU member states and in Norway, an average gas storage level of 45 percent could be achieved by 1 October 2022 in the event of a complete loss of deliveries. The storage facilities in Germany could be filled to 35 percent.
  • Gas deliveries from Russia will be required to increase the storage levels of the EU storage facilities. The EU storage facilities could be filled to about 90 percent by 1 October 2022 if around 20 percent of the usual EU consumption in the summer months could be covered by gas deliveries from Russia.
  • This means that, in the medium term, an unrestricted supply in the EU member states remains dependent on gas supplies from Russia.

Discover more in the ENTSO-G "Summer Outlook" (28.04.2022).

Winter review published by the German transmission system operators

This year once again, the German transmission system operators (TSOs) present a review of the national supply situation in the winter of 2021/2022. And the past winter was extraordinary in several respects. At the beginning of the winter, storage levels, which are an important indicator of supply security, were clearly below those of the previous year. At the same time, natural gas trading prices were so high that numerous gas traders withdrew gas from the storage facilities instead of filling them for the winter.

By closely monitoring storage levels, the transmission system operators could apply tried-and-tested, precautionary measures in December to safeguard security of supply, especially in Southern Germany, for a cold period at the end of the winter. Together with the market area manager, Trading Hub Europe (THE), Long Term Options (LTO) were contracted, which showed rapid effect. By the end of March 2022, storage levels developed to a normal seasonal level, albeit below average.

Russia´s attack on Ukraine has dramatically raised awareness for the security of supply for natural gas. The transmission system operators are fulfilling their responsibility to face this challenging situation and are preparing themselves on a European and German level for the loss of Russian gas deliveries as a possible scenario.

Discover more on the supply situation in the Winter Review 2021/2022 of the German transmission system operators, which is published on the website of the FNB Gas e.V. and that of terranets bw.

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Rebecca Penno

Rebecca Penno

Head of Corporate Communication

presse@terranets-bw.de
+49 711 7812 1266

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