Further to the entry into force of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 312/2014 of 26 March 2014 establishing a Network Code on Gas Balancing of Transmission Networks (BAL NC), in accordance with Article 46 of this regulation, Gas Transmission Operator GAZ-SYSTEM S.A. hereby invites all interested parties to participate in the consultations on the draft report on the transitional measures proposed for implementation in the transmission system managed by GAZ-SYSTEM S.A.

BAL NC contains guidelines on the principles of balancing the system and making settlements with shippers for individual imbalances. Transmission system operators in the European Union, including GAZ-SYSTEM S.A., are obliged to adjust the principles of balancing used in their transmission systems in accordance with the guidelines of the BAL NC by 1 October 2015.

The overriding objective of introducing the above Regulation is to accelerate the development of the short-term wholesale gas fuel markets and to tighten the integration of the EU gas market by ensuring consistency of the principles of balancing the transmission systems within the EU Member States.

In the absence of sufficient liquidity on the short-term wholesale natural gas market and hence limited opportunities for balancing the transmission system in accordance with the BAL NC, the transmission system operator is able to implement so-called interim measures, namely admissible and transitional derogations from the BAL NC principles, the list of which has been specified in Articles 47–50 of the Regulation. The implementation of the interim measures requires the preparation of a document (report) confirming the justification for introducing the proposed interim measures. Consultations should be held on the solutions proposed in the report, in which interested parties are able to participate.

After the consultations, the report will be forwarded to the President of the Energy Regulatory Office by 16 October 2014 for approval. The President of the ERO is obliged to make a decision on the proposed interim measures within six months of the receipt of the complete report and provide the decision to the Agency and the European Commission.

We would like to invite all interested parties to review the draft report. We would ask that all reservations are reported by 9 October 2014, by submitting a completed form, the specimen of which is presented below, to the following e-mail address:

The draft report

Consultation form

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