Preparatory work for the first integrated network development plan for gas and hydrogen 2025 continues to progress
According to the federal government’s draft legislation, the TSOs and the regulated operators of hydrogen transport networks must prepare the scenario framework for the first integrated gas and hydrogen network development plan by June 30, 2024. To determine the capacity requirements in the transmission system, the TSOs are now requesting capacity reservations and capacity expansion entitlements in accordance with sections 38/39 GasNZV for storage facilities, production and LNG facilities and power plants. The aforementioned market participants are called upon to report their capacity reservations and capacity expansion claims by May 1, 2024. To this end, the TSOs have published criteria on the TSO Gas website that must also be met by May 1, 2024 in order to be included in the scenario framework.
The TSOs explicitly point out a procedural change compared to the previous network development plan processes due to the planned new legal requirements in the Energy Industry Act on integrated network development planning for gas and hydrogen. After that, the scenario framework will no longer be consulted by the transmission system operators, but by the Federal Network Agency. In the opinion of the BNetzA, requests received by the BNetzA during the consultation and thus after the submission of the scenario framework by the TSOs or a later submission directly to the BNetzA is therefore excluded. Accordingly, only the requests received by May 1, 2024 can be considered in the 2024 scenario framework and in the integrated gas and hydrogen network development plan 2025.