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The supplementary document on technical capacity of Balticconnector interconnection point in the summer 2022

The Transmission System Operators (the TSOs) of Finland and Baltic States have undergone, in good co-operation, very active discussion on the market situation in the Finnish-Baltic region. On 21st of May, gas deliveries to Finland through Imatra entry point were stopped (read more). At the time of the publication of this document (02.06.2022), there are no flows through Imatra entry point and Finnish gas consumption is covered by imports through Balticconnector. There are further uncertainties on the continuity of the gas flows through 3rd country points in the Finnish-Baltic region.

Map of Finnish and Baltic gas transmission pipelines

Disruption of gas flows from 3rd country entry points has an impact on the TSOs capability to transport gas in the Finnish-Baltic region. The TSOs are prepared to mitigate the increased risk of supply disruption by postponing some of the maintenance works scheduled for the upcoming summer period. Also, the TSOs have prepared an action plan with the objective to minimize the negative impacts on the market caused by the uncertain market situation and supply disruption from 3rd country points.

In this document, the availability of Balticconnector technical capacity in the summer 2022 is presented in different supply disruption scenarios. In general, Balticconnector technical capacity depends on which entry points would be subject to supply disruption. The scenarios described in this document are intended for the purpose of increasing the level of predictability and transparency.

In case of a supply disruption from all 3rd country entry points in the Finnish- Baltic region, demand would need to be covered by the deliveries from the following import routes: Klaipeda LNG Terminal located in Lithuania, Inčukalns underground gas storage located in Latvia and the Santaka interconnection point between Lithuania and Poland (GIPL).

The primary information channels for the availability of technical capacity are GET Baltic UMM platform, ENTSOG Transparency Platform and the TSOs’ websites.

The TSOs will re-assess the currently published technical capacity for the autumn 2022 and inform market participants as soon as possible if there is a need to update the published capacity values.

Gasgrid Finland and Excelerate Energy, Inc. have agreed to lease an LNG terminal vessel – the LNG terminal vessel Exemplar will ensure Finland’s security of supply while also serving the needs of the Baltic Sea region more widely. The LNG terminal vessel will be located on the southern coast of Finland. If the construction works are completed in Estonia first, the vessel will be placed there until the Finnish port structures are completed. You can find more information on the LNG Terminal vessel here.

BALTICCONNECTOR TECHNICAL CAPACITY – CURRENT SITUATION 02.06.2022 DIRECTION EE->FI (entry to Finland)

The status of 3rd country entry points at the time of publishing the document:

  • The flows through Imatra entry point have been stopped and no market participant is importing gas through the entry point.
  • Värska and Luhamaa entry points can be commercially utilized by market participants.
Gas days Start date End date Applicable technical capacity [GWh/day] *
DIRECTION EE-FI      
1.6.2022 19.6.2022 65,4
20.6.2022 30.6.2022 45,6
1.7.2022 31.7.2022 65,4
1.8.2022 21.8.2022 65,4
22.8.2022 31.8.2022 65,4

*Capacity is dependent on the entry flows from 3rd countries (Luhamaa and Värska points) and usage of Inčukalns UGS. Capacity up to the indicated amount can be provided only if the entry flows in the above-mentioned entry-exit points are present during the relevant period. TSOs will assess the flows continuously and will update capacity based on actual flow situation. In case the required flows are not present in Luhamaa, Värska or Inčukalns UGS, capacity will be revised.

BALTICCONNECTOR TECHNICAL CAPACITY – CURRENT SITUATION 02.06.2022 DIRECTION FI->EE (exit from Finland)

Gas days Start date End date Applicable technical capacity [GWh/day]
DIRECTION FI-EE      
1.6.2022 30.6.2022 56,1
1.7.2022 11.7.2022 50,4
12.7.2022 31.7.2022 56,1
1.8.2022 31.8.2022 56,1

BALTICCONENCTOR TECHNICAL CAPACITY IN DIFFERENT SCENARIOS (DIRECTON EE-FI)

The TSOs have prepared a plan for different supply disruption scenarios. The objective is to enable market participants to get gas transported based on their need by re-arranging operation of the regional transmission system. For detailed information concerning Balticconnector technical capacity (direction EE to FI), please see the section below.

If there are supply disruptions also in other 3rd country points besides Imatra entry point, the technical capacities described in the different scenarios will be applied without undue delay.

SCENARIO – SUPPLY DISRUPTION THROUGH IMATRA AND VÄRSKA ENTRY POINTS – BALTICCONNECTOR TECHNICAL CAPACITY DIRECTION EE->FI (entry to Finland)

If there is a supply disruption through Imatra and Värska entry points, but Luhamaa entry point can be commercially utilized and physical flows are present, following Balticconnector technical capacity would be available:

Gas days Start date End date Capacity if NO supply from Imatra and Värska points [GWh/day]*
DIRECTION EE-FI      
1.6.2022 19.6.2022 65,4
20.6.2022 30.6.2022 45,6
1.7.2022 31.7.2022 65,4
1.8.2022 21.8.2022 65,4
22.8.2022 31.8.2022 65,4

*Capacity is dependent on the entry flows from Luhamaa and usage of Incukalns UGS. Capacity up to the indicated amount can be provided only if the entry flows in the above-mentioned entry-exit points are present during the relevant period. TSOs will assess the flows continuously and will update capacity based on actual flow situation. In case the required flows are not present in Luhamaa or Inčukalns UGS, capacity will be revised.

SCENARIO – SUPPLY DISRUPTION THROUGH IMATRA AND LUHAMAA ENTRY POINTS – BALTICCONNECTOR TECHNICAL CAPACITY DIRECTION EE->FI (entry to Finland)

If there is a supply disruption through Imatra and Luhamaa entry points, but Värska entry point can be commercially utilized and physical flows are present, following Balticconnector technical capacity would be available:

Gas days Start date End date Capacity if NO supply from Imatra and Luhamaa points [GWh/day]
DIRECTION EE-FI      
1.6.2022 19.6.2022 40,56
20.6.2022 30.6.2022 40,56
1.7.2022 31.7.2022 40,56
1.8.2022 21.8.2022 40,56
22.8.2022 31.8.2022 40,56

SCENARIO – SUPPLY DISRUPTION THROUGH IMATRA, LUHAMAA AND VÄRSKA ENTRY POINTS – BALTICCONNECTOR TECHNICAL CAPACITY DIRECTION EE->FI (entry to Finland)

If there is a supply disruption on through Imatra, Luhamaa and Värska entry points, following Balticconnector technical capacity would be available:

Gas days Start date End date Capacity if NO supply from Imatra, Värska and Luhamaa points [GWh/day]
DIRECTION EE-FI      
1.6.2022 19.6.2022  40,56
20.6.2022 30.6.2022  40,56
1.7.2022 31.7.2022  40,56
1.8.2022 21.8.2022  40,56
22.8.2022 31.8.2022  40,56
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