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Gas infrastructure operators publish their first joint multiannual forward estimate in 2016

, to October 27, 2016

For the first time, GRDF, GRTgaz, SPEGNN and TIGF are publishing a joint multiannual forward estimate for gas demand within France. Extending all the way to 2035, this forward vision fits into the framework of the law on the energy transition for green growth. From now on, managers of gas transmission and distribution networks will be responsible for producing this reference document on the prospects for the development of gas consumption and the production of renewable gas.

Gas: an essential energy for the energy transition

For the first time, GRDF, GRTgaz, SPEGNN and TIGF are publishing a joint multiannual forward estimate for gas demand within France. Extending all the way to 2035, this forward vision fits into the framework of the law on the energy transition for green growth. From now on, managers of gas transmission and distribution networks will be responsible for producing this reference document on the prospects for the development of gas consumption and the production of renewable gas.

 

In 2015, gas consumption in France amounted to 461 TWh, 53% of which was used in residential and service sector buildings, 36% in industry and 11% in electricity production. In 2035, the operators estimate that the volume of gas consumed is likely to be between 336 TWh/year and 516 TWh/year, with a reference scenario of 385 TWh/year. Consistent with the objectives of the energy transition law, this predicted fall in consumption is primarily attributable to expected gains in energy efficiency and the deployment of ever more efficient and economical equipment.

 

However, the development of new uses for gas (conversions in industry, biomethane, LPG, etc.) is expected to counterbalance this trend. The economic and environmental benefits of gas (lower emissions of CO2 and particles) make it part of a future solution alongside renewable gases that will cover at least 10% of consumption by 2030. Gas infrastructure operators are therefore emphasising the need for a clear framework and tailored supporting measures in order to develop biomethane production facilities, support the gas sector’s mobility and encourage the development of new generations of renewable gases. The level of demand for gas will also depend on the development of the energy mix for the production of electricity, most notably the share of nuclear and of hydraulic dam activity.

 

These days, the gas distribution and transmission networks are becoming “smarter” and are being designed to accommodate new forms of decentralised energy production such as advanced equipment for micro-generation, gas heat pumps and fuel cells. These decentralised future solutions are driving the emergence of more dynamic network management, as part of the logic of the circular economy and of complementarity between gas and electric systems. By 2035, the number of homes heated by gas is likely to have risen by roughly 1.4 million, while the square meterage of service sector premises heated by gas is set to grow by 100 million over the same period.

 

 

The 2016 multiannual forward estimate constitutes a transparent solution designed to illuminate the dialogue on the strategic issues related to the energy systems of tomorrow.

About GRDF

The main distributor of natural gas in France, GRDF operates and develops the natural gas distribution network in over 9,500 municipalities. Owned by the local authorities, this network extending nearly 200,000 km is encouraging the emergence of biomethane. By supporting all of the project’s stakeholders, GRDF is putting into action its commitment to developing innovative solutions that work towards the energy transition in the regions. GRDF conducts feasibility studies and provides biomethane injection services on the network (metering, quality control and pressure regulation). Lastly, the company has been in charge of the register of guarantees of origin since December 2012.

 

GRDF media contact:
@: grdf-nat-presse@remove-this.grdf.fr
Tel: +33 (0)1 71 19 18 11
Follow GRDF on Twitter: @GRDF
www.grdf.fr

About GRTgaz

GRTgaz is a European leader in natural gas transmission and a global expert in gas transmission networks and systems. In France, GRTgaz owns and operates 32,320 km of underground lines and 27 compressor stations for conveying gas between suppliers and consumers (distributors or industrial operators connected directly to the transmission network). GRTgaz performs a public service to ensure the continuity of supply for consumers, as well as marketing transmission services to network users. A key player in the energy transition, GRTgaz is investing in innovative solutions in order to adapt its network and reconcile competitiveness, security of supply and environmental protection.

 

GRTgaz media contact:
Claire Maindru
@: claire.maindru@remove-this.grtgaz.com
Tel : +33 (0)1 55 66 40 84
Follow GRTgaz on Twitter: @GRTgaz
http://www.grtgaz.com

About the SPEGNN

The SPEGNN consists of 29 local gas distribution companies (GDC), which operate at micro-level in their respective areas and distribute 5% of all the gas consumed nationally. Partners of local councils in the deployment of the energy transition, they are supporting the drivers of the biomethane injection project. They are innovative and committed, and the first biomethane injection site using mud from urban waste water treatment plants was created on their soil.

About TIGF

Providing high-capacity transmission and storage between producers and distributors, TIGF is the vital link in the gas supply chain.

At the crossroads of Europe, TIGF enjoys a strategic position internationally, conveying gas to the Public Distribution networks of the greater south-west region and on to the rest of France. TIGF provides the interconnections that guarantee security of supply within Europe under optimum conditions in terms of competitiveness, quality and safety. The company accounts for 14% of the French high-transmission pipeline network and for 24% of the country’s gas Storage Capacity.

 

TIGF media contact:
Bernard Le Page
@: bernard.le-page@remove-this.tigf.fr
Tel: +33 (0)5 59 13 36 81 / +33 (0)6 18 09 65 63
TIGF Communications Department
http://www.tigf.fr/

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