Gasgrid Finland is Finland's Gas-TSO 2020
From the beginning of 2020, the Finnish natural gas transmission network will be operated by a new, state-owned gas transmission system operator (TSO), Gasgrid Finland. This company will have the system responsibility for Finnish gas transmission system.
The establishment of the new TSO stems from Finnish new Natural Gas Market Act that entered into force on 1 January 2018. Under the Act, the wholesale and retail natural gas markets will be opened for competition at the beginning of 2020. Consequently, the gas transmission network owned by Gasum will be unbundled from its gas sales operations by the beginning of 2020.
The functions and personnel of the new Gas-TSO will be formed from the Gasum’s gas transmission operations and Finnish Gas Transmission Services. Gas-TSO will start its operations at the beginning of 2020. Gasum is the transmission system operator assigned with system responsibility until the end of 2019.
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In accordance with Finnish new Natural Gas Market Act, which entered into force at the beginning of 2018, the wholesale and retail gas markets will be opened for competition at the beginning of 2020. At the same time, the current TSO, Gasum, will be unbundled and new Gas-TSO will be established as Finland won’t apply the article 49 of the Directive 2009/73/EC due to the fact that Finland is not an isolated market anymore from the beginning of 2020.
From the beginning of 2020, the new Finnish Gas-TSO will be responsible for operating and maintaining the gas transmission network. This company will have system responsibility for the entire gas transmission network in Finland. To the extent allowed by existing Finnish and EU regulation, Gas-TSO may also offer other services based on the utilization of the gas transmission network.
Gas-TSO will be owned by the State of Finland.
Gas-TSO will employ about 40 people.
The Board of Directors of Suomen Kaasunsiirtopalvelut Oy has appointed Olli Sipilä, MSc (Industrial Management), as its CEO, effective 1 August 2019. From this role, Olli Sipilä will transfer to the position of the CEO of Gasgrid Finland, the gas transmission system operator that will start its operation 1 January 2020.
No. It is making preparations for the operations of Gas-TSO and for the opening gas market during 2019. Finnish Gas Transmission Services will become a part of Gas-TSO at the beginning of 2020.
No. Gasum is a TSO until the end of 2019. The gas transmission business of Gasum will become a part of Gas-TSO at the beginning of 2020.
Transmission business of Gasum and Finnish Gas Transmission Services will become a part of the new Gas-TSO.
Section 29 of the Finnish Natural Gas Market Act defines system responsibility as follows:
“The transmission network operator with system responsibility is responsible for the technical functionality and operational reliability of the natural gas system, and it shall take care of balancing responsibilities for the natural gas system, balancing reports for the natural gas system, and tasks related to maintaining a marketplace for natural gas trading and centralised data exchange (system responsibility), and it shall be obliged to take care of these duties in an appropriate manner that is fair and non-discriminatory towards the natural gas market participants operating within the natural gas system. The transmission network operator with system responsibility must maintain and develop the functions and services within the scope of its system responsibility, and it must also maintain, operate and develop its natural gas network and other equipment necessary to discharge its system responsibility, as well as connections to other networks in such a way that they function efficiently and that the prerequisites for efficient national and regional natural gas markets and the European Union’s internal market or natural gas can be ensured.”
Finnish Natural Gas Market Act, section 29 (in Finnish): https://www.finlex.fi
Gas transmission system in Finland
In 2020, Finnish gas transmission system will include two main elements: Gasum’s existing transmission network in Finland and the Balticconnector gas pipeline connecting the Finnish transmission system to the Baltic system. From 2020 onwards, Finnish gas transmission system will be operated by a single entity, the new Gas-TSO.
More information about the existing gas transmission system on the Gasum website.
More information about the Balticconnector gas pipeline on the project website.