Since 1 November 2018, Transmission System Operators (TSO) have been under the obligation, pursuant to Article 19 (9) of EU Regulation 2017/459 (NC CAM), to set up virtual interconnection points (VIP) between adjacent entry-exit systems. The network operator GASCADE Gastransport has implemented this requirement at the Czech-German border crossing. The virtual interconnection point was launched on time in cooperation with Sopra Steria Consulting.
The implemented software extension integrates seamlessly into the system environment of the GAS-X Grid contracting and GAS-X Grid nomination software solutions. The enhanced architecture enables a general-purpose solution that works as a template for many VIPs in Germany. The challenge of taking legacy contracts into account was met using a hybrid model. Legacy contracts from individual network operators flow into the VIP and must be observed by the VIP operator. The many new interfaces of the GAS-X Grid software ensure smooth, multi-directional communication between all the process partners involved. Functioning processing, marketing and coordination at the new Brandov-GASPOOL virtual interconnection point is guaranteed this way. All transport capacities on the German-Czech border crossing in the GASPOOL H-Gas market territory are now completely marketed with the GAS-X Grid software and processed operationally and billed at the VIP.