On 21–23 May, 2018 the U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID), the National
Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
(NARUC), the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) in cooperation
with NCC hosted in Vilnius the third technical workshop on „Gas Market Design
and Natural Gas Transmission Grid Codes“.
The participants of the workshop included the representatives of the
energy regulatory authorities from the United States, the European Union and
the Energy Community countries.
NCC experts together with the gas transmission system operator AB „Amber
Grid“ representative presented the experience, the results achieved and the
future challenges related with the regional Baltic-Finnish natural gas market
creation and the foreseen implementation of the European Union gas network
codes at the regional level.
Workshop participants received as well the case studies on the natural
gas storage and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal infrastructure
regulation. NCC experts together with the LNG terminal operator AB „Klaipėdos
nafta“ representative shared the information on the Klaipėda LNG terminal and
the impact of that infrastructure on the regional gas market, as well in
detailed presented the regulatory LNG terminal related issues.
Workshop participants actively exchanged the information on the legal
background and competences in terms of reviewing and approving gas
infrastructure investments and network development plans.
The Guide for Conducting Economic Appraisals of Gas Infrastructure
Expansion and Network Development Plans being prepared by the organizers of the
workshop will facilitate the implementation process of the requirements for the
approval of gas infrastructure investments and network development plans. The
information of the workshop will contribute as well to the improvements of the
regulatory framework in Lithuania and sharing of good regulatory practices.
The workshop information is available here.