Transport of natural gas
ENGIE controls the premier energy grid in Europe and is currently pursuing the development of this grid, working on the synchronisation of rules and practices to facilitate interconnection between European networks.
Managing networks and ensuring their safe operation
The natural gas transport business covers various areas of responsibility:
- Managing a grid (gas pipelines and compression stations for natural gas, high voltage lines for electricity etc.)
- Transporting energy to the distribution networks, (or to industrial customers) at the request of shippers,
- Connecting and delivering energy (to distribution networks, to industrial customers connected directly to the grid),
- Managing network or grid security (upkeep, maintenance, inspection and repair etc.).
ENGIE, leading European gas transporter
The Group controls the largest gas transport network in Europe. The network is managed by dedicated subsidiaries in France, Germany, Austria, Spain and Slovakia.
The network consists essentially of:
- 32,246 km of French infrastructure managed by GRTgaz, an independent subsidiary of the Group which holds 75% of the capital
- infrastructures in Spain (Medgaz), Germany (Megal), Austria (BOG) and Slovakia (Eustream), through stakes held there by the Group.
A continually developing network
ENGIE plans to increase transport capacity to be able to respond to the growing natural gas market as well as to connect up new combined-cycle power plants and new LNG terminals. The development projects undertaken by GRTgaz will mean an investment of approximately €3 billion between 2010 and 2019.