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In order to improve its competitive position and to better leverage market opportunities our customer decided in 2010 to replace its existing system for commercial and contractual settlement with a new balancing group and nomination management system. The aim behind this move was to establish a high-performance technological solution that would support the existing, partly manual processes while providing flexibility.

 

Note: ECG was acquired by EXXETA AG at the beginning of 2016. As of 1 July 2016, ECG Erdgas-Consult GmbH will be operating under the new name EXXETA GmbH.

The Motivation

With its com­plex mid­stream and down­stream port­fo­lio our cust­o­m­er – one of Ger­ma­ny‘s lar­gest na­tu­ral gas sup­p­liers with ac­tivi­ties stret­ching all over Eu­ro­pe – is sub­ject to in­ten­se com­pe­ti­ti­ve pres­su­re from other en­er­gy com­pa­nies.

In or­der to im­pro­ve its com­pe­ti­ti­ve po­si­ti­on and to bet­ter le­ver­age mar­ket op­por­tu­nities our cust­o­m­er de­ci­ded in 2010 to re­place its exis­ting sys­tem for com­mer­ci­al and contrac­tu­al set­t­le­ment with a new ba­lan­cing group and no­mi­na­ti­on ma­nage­ment sys­tem. The aim be­hind this move was to es­ta­blish a high-per­for­mance tech­no­lo­gi­cal so­lu­ti­on that would sup­port the exis­ting, part­ly ma­nu­al pro­ces­ses – the num­ber and com­ple­xi­ty of which would have si­gni­fi­cant­ly in­crea­sed with the ex­pec­ted growth of the cust­o­m­er's port­fo­lio – whi­le pro­vi­ding fle­xi­bi­li­ty.

The Challenge

Gi­ven its Eu­ro­pe-wide busi­ness port­fo­lio our cust­o­m­er's ac­tivi­ties are not li­mi­ted to Ger­ma­ny but also stretch across se­ven other coun­tries (Bel­gi­um, Den­mark, Fran­ce, United King­dom, Aus­tria, Nether­lands and Czech Re­pu­blic). Each of the­se coun­tries co­mes with its own re­gu­la­to­ry frame­work which were to be ma­na­ged and sup­por­ted by a sin­gle over­all ba­lan­cing group ma­nage­ment sys­tem.

In ad­di­ti­on, the then im­pen­ding chan­ges to the ca­pa­ci­ty re­gime would bring with them the need to en­ter into a va­rie­ty of new, com­plex and short-term le­gal tran­sac­tions which would stron­gly in­crea­se the dy­na­mics of ca­pa­ci­ty-re­la­ted pro­ces­ses. Asi­de from the mo­di­fied ca­pa­ci­ty ma­nage­ment ru­les in Ger­ma­ny also the for­eign mar­kets with their own spe­ci­fics and mo­di­fi­ca­ti­ons to mar­ket ru­les would need to be in­te­gra­ted con­sis­tent­ly and se­cu­re­ly into the pro­cess land­scape.

Whi­le op­ti­mi­sing the exis­ting sys­tem land­scape the new ba­lan­cing group ma­nage­ment sys­tem would also need to be in­cor­po­ra­ted smooth­ly into the exis­ting in­fra­struc­tu­re to im­pro­ve the to­pi­ca­li­ty and trans­pa­ren­cy of the in-hou­se flow of in­for­ma­ti­on.

The Solution

By choo­sing ECG Erd­gas-Con­sult GmbH (ECG) and its stan­dard so­lu­ti­on MTS TRA­DE at the be­gin­ning of 2011 fol­lo­wing com­pe­ti­ti­ve ten­de­ring our cust­o­m­er op­ted for a strong and ex­pe­ri­en­ced part­ner.

Thanks to its vast pre­vious know­ledge base ECG was able to draw on its mar­ket-spe­ci­fic know-how when im­ple­men­ting the in­di­vi­du­al mar­kets, which enab­led the ECG team to work on an equal foo­ting with the cust­o­m­er's ex­perts. This al­lo­wed the pro­ject team to fo­cus its co­or­di­na­ti­on work on the spe­ci­fics of the cust­o­m­er's port­fo­lio and thus to meet the tight pro­ject dead­line.

Star­ting in the sum­mer of 2012, the new MTS TRA­DE ba­lan­cing group ma­nage­ment sys­tem as im­ple­men­ted at our cust­o­m­er went live fol­lo­wing a mar­ket-by-mar­ket ap­proach in or­der to en­su­re high avail­a­bi­li­ty in the cour­se of the day-to-day busi­ness. The pro­ject team even ma­na­ged to im­ple­ment new­ly ari­sing re­gu­la­to­ry re­qui­re­ments in ad­di­ti­on to the agreed pro­ject tasks whi­le still ad­he­ring to the sche­du­le. The ba­lan­cing costs shar­ply drop­ped im­me­dia­te­ly af­ter the first mar­ket went live un­der the new sys­tem. This was pri­ma­ri­ly due to the im­pro­ved re­s­pon­siven­ess and the hig­her trans­pa­ren­cy achie­ved in re­la­ti­on to the com­plex pro­ces­ses.

Ano­ther key fac­tor was the ex­ten­si­ve de­ve­lop­ment of in­ter­faces. MTS TRA­DE was me­ti­cu­lous­ly con­nec­ted to our cust­o­m­er's en­er­gy data ma­nage­ment sys­tem to en­su­re that the data would be avail­able for sub­se­quent pro­ces­ses and to enable long-term ar­chi­ving.

Among the key fac­tors en­ab­ling the suc­cess­ful com­ple­ti­on of the pro­ject were MTS TRA­DE its­elf as a tried and tested stan­dard sys­tem, and the ho­lis­tic sup­port pro­vi­ded by ECG. Our cust­o­m­er will the­re­fo­re con­ti­nue to rely on ECG as a com­pe­tent part­ner.

Cust­o­m­er com­ments


"For us the IT project introducing the MTS TRADE balancing group management system has been a great success, as we managed to achieve all our goals while adhering to the project schedule."
Responsible expert at the customer


 

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Sascha Gering, Director bei EXXETA

Sascha Gering

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