Role of Transmission System Operator in Gas in India - Learnings from Global Perspective
The U.S.-Asia Gas Partnership (AGP) is a public-private partnership that aims to optimize gas network infrastructure planning and develop domestic gas markets across the Indo-Pacific
With a long-term vision to enable the creation of a regional gas market, AGP facilitates a shared understanding between government officials and the private sector about the technical, commercial, and economic factors that spur investment. To this end, as part of an ongoing webinar series on the innovative development of LNG markets in South and Southeast Asia, USEA, ICF and USAID’s South Asia Regional Energy Hub (SAREH) are jointly conducting a webinar on the “Role of Transmission System Operator in Gas in India - Learnings from Global Perspective” on March 18, 2021.
Earlier on February 1st, 2021, India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced in the Annual Budget that the Indian Government is looking to appoint an independent Transmission System Operator (TSO) to manage the common carrier capacities of all the natural gas pipelines operating in India. This announcement has set a positive tone towards enabling reforms and
Unlike other developed gas economies, in India the volume risk for developing a pipeline remains with the developer. Shippers need to enter contracts with these developers either on a contract carriage (for a duration of minimum one year) or on a common carriage basis. At present, each pipeline operator manages its own portal to seek requests for open access capacities from different shippers. Therefore, the Indian Government has felt the need to appoint an independent TSO to manage such open access capacities.