Tariffs of GTS for transmission of natural gas increase
The tariffs of the Dutch transmission system operator for natural gas Gasunie Transport Services (GTS) will increase by approximately 4.2 percent. At the same time, GTS’ revenues will decrease by 1.9 percent, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) announces. It has taken this decision as GTS is able to operate more efficiently. The rise in tariffs is caused by a decrease in volumes. Henk Don, Member of the Board of ACM, explains: “If less gas is transmitted, the transmission tariff for each cubic meter of natural gas that is transmitted increases. In addition, the higher costs for investments are reflected in the new tariffs.”
It is important that GTS continues to invest in the Dutch gas network. Last year, GTS increased the transmission capacity between the Northeast of the Netherlands and the South. One of the results is that it becomes easier to import and transmit foreign gas.
No unduly high tariffs
GTS does not have any competitors. Since ACM sets the gas transmission tariffs every year, it is not possible for GTS to charge unnecessarily high tariffs. Consumers and businesses are not charged the transmission costs of GTS directly, but ACM expects that the effects of the new tariffs will be passed on to them through the tariffs of the gas suppliers.