Gas Coordination Group discusses security of gas supply in the light of the current winter situation in Europe (13/01/2010)
In its first meeting in 2010, the Gas Coordination Group, under the chairmanship of the Commission, has focused on 11 January on the assessment of the situation on security of gas supply in the EU-27 and countries of the Energy Community and discussed priorities for the work of the Group in 2010.
Considering the severe winter conditions prevailing in some Member States, the Gas Coordination Group assessed the situation in the EU-27 and Energy Community contracting parties regarding gas demand and supply, storage levels and gas imports from third countries.
In the light of the exceptional situation in some countries due to specific weather and Import conditions the Commission noted that storage levels in the EU are above last year’s levels and welcomed the ability of the European gas industry to ensure continuous gas supplies to all consumers.
In its first meeting in 2010 the Members of the Gas Coordination Group took stock of the work done in 2009 during and following the January 2009 gas crisis and held an exchange of views on the future work by identifying the priorities for the work of the Gas Coordination Group in 2010.
On the basis of the work carried out in the taskforce on the simulation of supply disruptions, the Group continued to examine various supply disruption scenarios developed by Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE).
The Gas Coordination Group will meet again on 15 February 2010.
The Gas Coordination Group was created in 2006 according to Directive 2004/67 relating to measures that guarantee security of natural gas supply. Chaired by the European Commission, it is composed of gas competent representatives of Member States, the European organisations of the gas sector and consumers. The Group meets regularly (at least 4 times per year) to exchange information and to develop both short and long term concrete measures which reinforce the security of gas supply to the EU.
The January 2009 gas crisis showed that a more coordinated approach is needed on European level to provide stable and secure energy supply to European citizens. The crisis also showed the vital role of gas storages and reverse flows as short-term crisis response. Therefore, the Commission suggests a common infrastructure standard to ensure the infrastructure for the security of supply, including reverse flows, and supply standards to protected customers, as well as the elaboration of preventive action plans and emergency plans to be activated automatically in case of the occurrence of supply disruption. The European Council of October 2009 has urged Member States and the Parliament to make fast progress on these proposals for the security of gas supply. Read more