Conexus monitors the volume of natural gas set and stored in Inčukalns UGS by public trader
As the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers provide for ensuring the supply of natural gas to energy users during the announced early warning and alert level, starting from 10 August 2022, Latvijas Gāze JSC is restricted in its activities with natural gas stored in the Inčukalns underground gas storage facility (Inčukalns UGS).
Conexus Baltic Grid JSC (Conexus) has sent a reply letter to Latvijas Gāze JSC, stating that Conexus, as the operator of the storage infrastructure, is under an obligation to monitor that Latvijas Gāze JSC, which is under an obligation to serve captive consumers or household consumption, ensures that the merchant's natural gas stocks is at least in the amount of 1150 GWh.
It should be emphasized that the restriction to dispose of a certain amount of natural gas stored in the storage facility was set by Conexus in accordance with the obligation set out in the Regulation of the Cabinet of Ministers No 503 of August 9, 2022 "Regulation on the supply of energy users during the announcement of early warning and alert level " (Regulation).
Pursuant to sub-paragraph 2.1 of this Regulation, Latvijas Gāze JSC, as a public trader, is under an obligation to maintain stocks in the Inčukalns underground gas storage in accordance with the Paragraph 4 of Article 107 of the Energy Law for the supply of captive consumers from 10 August 2022 to 30 September 2022 in the amount of 1150 GWh. Conexus, as the unified natural gas transmission and storage system operator, is under an obligation, pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Regulation, to refuse a request from a public trader to withdraw or transfer natural gas to another system user if it is established that this will result in the public trader being unable to fulfil the task referred to in paragraph 2 of this Regulation.