The National Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE) approved on Wednesday amendments to the Regulation for measuring the quantities of natural gas traded in Romania, which involves concluding the addendum to the interconnection agreement between Romania and Hungary and putting a firm natural gas capacity, respectively 1 , 75 billion cubic meters/ year up for grabs in the international market.
“In order to encourage the efficient trading and transmission of natural gas in all transmission systems within the European Union, it is necessary to harmonize the technical, operational and communication areas that could create barriers to the free movement of natural gas within the European Union. The European Commission, through the Directorate for Energy – DG ENER has repeatedly called for a solution to this problem and supports the identification of a common solution between the two countries, Romania and Hungary, for natural gas quality at the interconnection IP Csanadpalota, in order to organize the tender for the reservation of the annual product of firm capacity of natural gas. The solution identified by DG ENER was to modify the minimum molar percentage content for methane in the gas composition, on the RO – HU corridor, from 70% to 85%,” it is mentioned in a release, according to Agerpres.
In this sense, the ANRE Regulatory Committee approved, in the meeting of 20.05.2020, Order no. 80/2020 for the amendment and completion of the Regulation for measuring the quantities of natural gas traded in Romania, approved by the Order of the President of ANRE no. 62/2008, which involves the conclusion of the addendum to the interconnection agreement between the two Member States of the European Union and the making available of a firm natural gas capacity of 1.75 billion cubic meters / year on the international market, in the tender conducted in accordance with the ENTSOG calendar for July of this year.
“From the information held by ANRE, both from the Romanian natural gas producers and from the transmission and system operator SNTGN Transgaz SA, it results that there are some exceptions where the minimum molar percentage of methane in the natural gas composition remains at 70%, and in order not to have an impact on the Romanian natural gas market, they were introduced in this Order,” ANRE representatives claim.