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Request for information

Request for information about non TYNDP projects for identification as potential Projects of Common Interest (PCI) under the draft regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure

Timescales for submission of project information
  • Stage 1: from 23/05/2012 to 07/06/2012

Initial project information

  • Stage 2

Project promoters will subsequently be invited to submit further information on how their projects fulfil the criteria set out in the draft regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure by 19 July 2012.

Policy field(s)

European Energy Strategies, Sustainable Energy, Renewable Energy, Gas, Electricity, Security of supply, Energy infrastructure.

Target group(s)

Project promoters of gas and electricity transmission projects, gas and electricity storage projects, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) projects not included in the Ten Year Network Development Plan (TYNDP) for electricity (2012) and for gas (2011).

Objective of the consultation

The energy infrastructure package, comprising:

  1. a proposal for a Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure [COM/2011/658], and
  2. a proposal for a Regulation on the Connecting Europe Facility covering Energy, Transport and Telecommunication infrastructure (2014-2020) [COM/2011/665] 

was published on 19 October 2011 and is currently under discussion in the European Parliament and the Council.

The draft Regulation identifies 12 priority corridors and areas, and defines a procedure and criteria for projects to become a Project of Common Interest (PCI). The Union-wide list of PCIs is proposed to be established for the first time in 2013 and then updated every two years. The identification of PCIs shall be based on a regional approach in line with the identified priority corridors. To this end, ad hoc regional working groups have been established to identify potential PCIs, each covering one priority corridor as set out in Annex I of the draft Regulation. The regional groups are composed of representatives from the competent Member State ministries, national regulatory authorities, transmission system operators (TSOs) and other project promoters, as well as the European Networks of System Transmission Operators for Electricity and Gas (ENTSO-E / ENTSO-G), the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) and the European Commission (EC).

Each ad hoc working group has been tasked to establish a draft regional list of PCIs by the end 2012. These PCIs will become part of first Union-wide PCI list, provided they fulfil the provisions of the adopted Regulation. The Union-wide list will be adapted, if necessary, in line with modifications to the draft Regulation as of April 2012. This preparatory process in 2012 is based on the engagement of all parties and is necessary to ensure rapid selection of PCIs, once the Regulation has entered in to force, in view of regulatory measures and possible financing as early as 2014.

To be eligible for inclusion in this preparatory process, potential projects must first meet the following general criteria:

  • compliance with the provisions of the Third Package;
  • projects must be necessary for the implementation of the concerned energy infrastructure priority corridor or area;
  • they must provide potential benefits outweighing their costs;
  • they must involve at least two Member States, either by directly crossing their borders or by having a significant cross-border impact.

If projects comply with the above requirements, project promoters must additionally demonstrate that the projects contribute to the key energy policy objectives of the EU. These are, inter alia, market integration and flexibility, sustainability, security of supply and competition; each to be measured by quantifiable indicators. The requirements can be found in the draft regulation COM(2011)658, §4:1-2. 

This is a request for information about electricity and gas projects not contained in the TYNDP for electricity (2012) and for gas (2011). Following this initial step, project promoters will be asked to submit more detailed information on how their projects fulfil the criteria set out in the draft regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure. The projects will be assessed by the ad hoc regional working groups where they will be considered alongside proposals contained in the TYNDP. 

This request does not concern smart grid project proposals. The questionnaire for submission of information on smart grid project proposals will be published once it is adopted by the Smart Grid Task Expert Group 4 on infrastructure. The deadline for submission of projects will be the 3 September 2012.

Please note the draft status of the Regulation. Any changes of procedure will be communicated at the earliest opportunity.

How to submit your project information
  • Stage 1

You are invited to submit initial information about your project by completing this online questionnaire between 23/05/2012 and 07/06/2012. 

Responses to this request for information will not be published on the Internet. However, the Commission will hold a public consultation on the initial list of potential PCIs later in 2012. The input from the consultation will feed into the PCI evaluation process.

Please see the specific privacy statement attached to this request for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

  • Stage 2

Projects submitted at stage 1 which will be invited to submit more detailed technical project information by 13 July 2012 via a questionnaire. This secondary information is required to demonstrate how the project aligns with the key energy policy objectives of the EU and how the project fulfils the criteria as set out in the draft regulation, COM(2011)658, §4:1-2.

Contact details

Responsible service : Directorate General for Energy, Unit B1, Networks and Regional Initiatives

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Postal address :

European Commission
DG Energy - ENER.B1
Networks and regional Initiatives
Rue De Mot 24
B-1049 Bruxelles