Technical consultation on gas ‘forecasting party’ options

Published: 26 June 2015

Consultation opened on 26 June 2015. Consultation closed 21 August 2016.


The Utility Regulator is today publishing a technical consultation paper on the options for designation of a ‘forecasting party’ within the NI gas balancing regime. This consultation is likely to be of most interest to regulated companies.

The forecasting party will be responsible for providing the transmission system operator (TSO) with estimates of each network users offtake at Non Daily Metered supply points.  The TSO will aggregate these estimates with offtake values for each network users Daily Metered supply points to produce a single offtake estimate for each network user.  The TSO will then pass this estimate to the network user who will use the information to balance their entry and exit nominations.

We are required to designate a ‘forecasting party’ by Article 39(5)of Regulation (EU) No 312/2014 (the Balancing Code).

Copies of the document will be made available in large print, Braille, audio cassette and a variety of relevant minority languages if required