The sharp reduction in Russian gas exports since the summer of 2022, as well as two episodes of reduced flows at the Dunkirk network interconnection point from Norway resulted in a significant gas deficit in the north of France during the winter 2022-2023. Although no supply disruption ultimately occurred, theses two episodes forced the Transmission System Operators (TSOs) to employ all the mechanisms provided for in the rules governing the operation of the TRF in order to absorb the TRF's internal congestion.
Three meetings of the Concertation Gaz were organised by the gas TSOs to discuss with market players the measures to be taken to better prevent and resolve these congestions.
The purpose of this public consultation is to consult stakeholders on the changes to be made to the existing mechanisms and on the new mechanisms for operating the TRF to limit congestion in the South to North direction and improve the resilience of the gas system. CRE considers that this work is necessary to preserve the current market model, which has proved its effectiveness over several years (in particular the single market area and the daily network balancing).
CRE invites interested parties to submit their contributions by 6 September 2023 at the latest.