Infrastructure development, NRAs and TSOs cooperation in the EU


ACER has various functions and roles regarding the development of the gas industry infrastructure in the context of achieving the objectives of the Third Energy Package and other key regulations, particularly regarding the functioning of the internal gas market. Cost-efficient network development is essential for overcoming physical congestion, improving energy security, and ensuring sustainability.  Capacity allocation methods and/or congestion management procedures alone cannot resolve physical congestion at gas transmission system interconnection points and other system bottlenecks.  Adequate physical transmission capacity is thus a necessary prerequisite for achieving the European market for natural gas.

Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) 713/2009 requires the Agency to monitor the execution of the tasks of ENTSOG in accordance with Article 9 of Regulation (EC) 715/2009, and in particular those related to the preparation of a Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP), a task performed by ENTSOG on a bi-annual schedule.  The Agency also monitors the preparation and the execution of the gas regional investment plans (GRIPs) and national infrastructure development plans, and assesses their consistency with regard to the Europe-wide TYNDP. 

By virtue of Regulation (EU) 347/2013, the Agency is also required to perform several tasks which help foster the adequacy and the efficiency of the development of the European gas sector infrastructure. 

Review of gas network developments

The Agency monitors the progress in the implementation of investments to create new interconnector capacity of the gas European Ten-Year Network Development Plan (EU TYNDP) pursuant to Article 6 of ACER Regulation ((EC) No 713/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing an Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators), and reviews the national network development plans to assess their consistency with the EU TYNDP, pursuant to Article 8(11) of Gas Regulation ((EC) No 715/2009​).  The Agency adopted an Opinion on gas network developments, covering both aspects, on 5 December 2016.