IT and Research &
Development Activities

IT and Research & Development Activities

ENTSOG aims to continuously improve and update methodologies, tools and data scenarios for its stakeholders, to enhance its deliverables and activities. These are listed in this section.

IT Activities

Tariff Publication

Following the completion of the Tariff Network Code, there is a requirement for all TSOs to publish tariff information in a consistent and standardised format allowing comparisons of tariff information across different products types, ­discounts and periods for all TSOs.

A significant IT project was completed by ENTSOG to collect tariff data from TSOs and to publish it on the Transparency Platform (TP). The project was completed on time to allow all TSOs publish tariff data during December 2017.

ENTSOG have also delivered a web application tool to allow TSOs and NRAs input tariff information centrally. This ­eliminated the need for some TSOs or NRAs to have an IT project to develop an interface to deliver tariff data to the TP.

Transparency Platform Enhancements

A number of different and significant enhancements were delivered in order to continuously improve the performance and functionality of the TP.

Following requests from stakeholders, there were a number of functionality enhancements delivered including improvements to the TP API to extract data from the TP, additional data and filters on available on the TP, and improvements to visualisation components of the TP.

A performance improvement project was completed to ­deliver enhanced performance of loading of data from TSOs, introduce a “Quality of Service” to loading of data and provide scalability for future data volumes.

ACER has undertaken to standardise the format of inside ­information, Urgent Market Messages (UMM) across all relevant websites and platforms, including the TP. ENTSOG has developed a new interface to allow TSOs to create UMM on the TP, in line with ACER format, and an automated integration with ACER. This will be ­delivered in 2018.

Cyber Security Programme

During 2017, ENTSOG IT have developed a Cyber Security programme that further protects ENTSOG information ­assets from Cyber Security attacks. The programme also ensures that ENTSOG delivers on its obligations for the ­General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) before it comes into effect in May 2018.

The ongoing programme includes the development and ­implementation of policies, controls and governance that balances the need to protect ENTSOG and its members against Cyber Security attacks with the need to run the ­organisation.

Improved Data collection Portal

The Project Data Collection Portal evolved significantly to facilitate both the TYNDP 2018 data collection and the PCI application data collection.

The layout was enhanced and made more user-friendly; unnecessary questions were removed, and new ones were added; and the usage of tool tips and explanatory texts was systematised. A comprehensive handbook was produced to document the Project Data Collection portal.

A comprehensive set of reports was produced and integrated in the data collection interface, to assist and support project promoters in the data collection process, and provide a better insight into the data submitted.

Research and Development Plan

To meet stakeholder expectations, ENTSOG methodologies, tools and data scenarios are continually being improved. The resulting improvements have provided benefits to a number of ENTSOG deliverables and activities.

The Supply and Demand (S & D) and NeMo Kernel Groups form the core of the Investment Working Group in charge of developing innovative approaches and tools.

In 2017, ­ENTSOG and its members also participated in a joint Scenario Building Task Force with ENTSO-E. This intense cooperation has allowed for in-depth knowledge sharing, and a much better understanding by each association of the ­dynamics and drivers of the other sector.

Supply and Demand

The Supply and Demand Kernel Group performs research to expand knowledge of the supply and demand aspects of European gas. This knowledge has been enriched by the cooperation with ENTSO-E on scenario building within the joint Scenario Building Task Force. This knowledge is used to develop an improved definition of the assumptions and approaches used in the Seasonal Outlooks and TYNDP.

Analysis of Gas Demand

During 2017, ENTSOG further developed its knowledge and analysis of gas demand has been, which was driven in 2017 by the creation of the TYNDP 2018 Scenario Report. This is especially relevant in the work completed in collaboration with ENTSO-E regarding the power sector, but also by a number of factors.

For long-term gas demand, developing the scenarios for both TYNDP 2017 and TYNDP 2018, including the extensive stakeholder engagement during this process. The scenario storylines for TYNDP 2018 have encompassed in greater detail the gas and electricity aspects, leading to these processes, which has led to increased focus on sectoral demand behaviour, interrelationships and dynamics. This is especially evident in the work completed in collaboration with ENTSO-E regarding the power sector, both in the use of data available from e-TYNDP 2016 to create the ­thermal-gap methodology for TYNDP 2017 and the joint ­development of TYNDP 2018 scenarios.

This has been achieved in both the context of country-level specifics and EU-level dynamics, with efforts to understand how these link in the greater context of European climate goals and how gas plays a key role in the future energy mix.

Analysis of Gas Supply

The framework for the gas supplies was developed by the Supply and Demand KG and completed for TYNDP 2018 Scenario Report and both Seasonal Outlooks taking into ­account stakeholder feedback.

Regarding the Seasonal Outlooks reports, the definition of supply patterns was derived from the supply mixes captured for the last Summer and Winter Reviews respectively. This method makes it possible to cap the elasticity given to the model for each of the supplies to reliable levels, while giving additional flexibility only to some of the sources when needed to reach the correspondent seasonal targets.

For TYNDP 2018 Scenario Report, the supply assumptions were defined as potential supplies from different sources. In order to capture the uncertainty in the development of the different supplies, the minimum and maximum potentials were defined as the lower and upper limits for the expected imports coming from each source.

The development of these potentials by the Supply and Demand KG was based on publicly available literature and reports and later on discussions between members and stakeholders held during the feedback process. These potentials have covered supplies from outside the EU arriving via pipeline from Russia, Norway, Algeria, Libya, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and also as LNG.

Moreover, based on stakeholder feedback for TYNDP 2017, it was decided to use a more realistic approach for the LNG diversification by splitting the source in several net exporting regions as defined in the IEA World Energy Outlook.

Supplies also include conventional national production and green gases coming from inside the EU. With the TYNDP 2018 Scenario Report, the first year of the assessment (2017) by taking into account the expertise developed by ENTSOG has also taken a much deeper look into the potential development of green gases: biomethane as well as gases produced from power-to-gas facilities. On biomethane ENTSOG has in particular cooperated with EBA, the European Biogas Association. In terms of power-to-gas production, ENTSOG has developed a first on the seasonal outlooks. The supply potentials for the first year of the assessment were then built using the average of the maximums and minimums historically observed for each source in line with the approach in close cooperation with ­ENTSO-E. The ENTSOs intend to further improve their approach to power-to-gas in view of TYNDP 2020 scenarios retained for the Seasonal Supply Outlooks.

NeMo Kernel Group

Improvement of the modelling tool

In 2017, ENTSOG initiated the development of the ­modelling assumptions to reflect the update of the CBA methodology. This work is pursued in 2018.

ENTSOG also introduced in its modelling a differentiated ­L-gas topology to better simulate the concerned areas.

CBA Kernel Group

In 2017 the CBA KG worked in developing the principle for updating the ENTSOG CBA Methodology and contributed in elaborating the draft 2nd CBA Methodology document that was published by ENTSOG on 24 July 2017.