- The support and management of Network Code development processes.
- The development of Network Code drafting in conjunction with legal support.
- Training of technical and commercial staff in Network Code operations.
- The review and implementation of Network Codes and associated IT systems.
The following are some examples of our work undertaken in this area.
Albania is today, along with Montenegro and Kosovo, the only country in continental Europe, not linked to interstate gas transmission systems and has a completely isolated and underdeveloped national gas distribution system. Therefore, despite the fact that Albania currently has no significant natural gas production the development of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), with its ability to transport natural gas from the Shah Deniz II field in Azerbaijan through Greece and Albania to southern Italy, will in the future provide a potential source of gas for Albania allowing it to develop its own gas network infrastructure and gas market.
In order to qualify for supplies from TAP, Albania has adopted the Energy Community Treaty and made legally binding commitments to adopt and implement core EU energy legislation including the Energy Community Treaty, the Energy Charter Treaty and the Third Energy Package (“TEP”).
Brief overview of the project
Therefore, as part of a wider capacity building project MJMEnergy provided advice and support to Albgaz in the following areas;
A review of the TAP contractual regime – The TAP Network Code was assessed with a view to identifying any potential interactions between the TAP Network Code and systems and processes potentially operated by Albgaz as the TSO/DSO for the national Albanian gas network (i.e. as an Adjacent TSO). In addition to undertaking a review of the TAP draft Gas Network Code the Project Team also provided support to Albgaz in developing its formal response to TAP.
The development of the Albanian Gas Network Code – This was achieved by the Project Team working steadily and systematically with the Albgaz team to explain and refine each section of the Code to work within the context of the potentially developing Albanian gas network. Not only were the Project Team developing a Code for Albania they were also building capacity in Albgaz.
The operationalisation of the Albanian Gas Network Code – Once the Albanian Gas Network Code had been drafted and approved by ECS the Project Team worked with its counterparts in Albgaz to produce a series of operational procedures in order to operationalise the Code, as highlighted by the following chart taken from the Accession Operational Code.
General capacity building for Albgaz the new TSO for Albania – In addition to providing consultancy support and capacity building throughout the project, the Project Team also provided a series of capacity building workshops covering a variety of subjects including energy balancing, nominations, capacity trading and energy trading.
This project was led by ECA (UK-based economic consultancy) and was funded by the EBRD, with MJMEnergy providing the technical and commercial expertise in relation to gas pipelines, gas networks and associated Gas Network Codes.