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Message from BEIS: Freeports/Borders Announcement

13/02/2020

Please see the message below regarding announcement by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster regarding import controls as well as the launch of a consultation by the Treasury regarding free ports. This comes in addition to the earlier consultation launch by the Department for International Trade on ‘The UK Global Tariff’. Please get in touch with Justin Goonesinghe at BEIS for any questions (Justin.Goonesinghe@beis.gov.uk).

Import Controls

The government has confirmed plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020.

In a speech by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster at a Border Delivery Group stakeholder event, he confirmed all UK exports and imports will be treated equally. This will mean traders in the EU and GB will have to submit customs declarations and be liable to goods’ checks. He also confirmed that the policy easements put in place for a potential no deal exit will not be reintroduced as businesses have time to prepare.

There are a number of reasons for implementing import controls:

  • to keep our borders safe and secure so we know who’s coming in and how often, what they are bringing in, and why
  • to ensure we treat all partners equally as we begin to negotiate our own trading arrangements with countries around the world
  • to collect the right customs, VAT and excise duties
  • the EU has said it will enforce checks on our goods entering the Eurozone. We will likewise enforce our own rules for goods entering the UK
  • Business can prepare for border controls by making sure they have an Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number, and also looking into how they want to make declarations such as using a customs agent. We will ensure facilitations currently available to rest of the world traders will also be open to those trading between GB and EU.

This is aimed at GB/EU traders. This approach does not apply to the flow of trade between Northern Ireland and Ireland, or between Northern Ireland and GB.

HMRC extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31 January 2021. To date, applications have been made for around £18.5 million out of a possible £26 million – meaning there is at least £7.5 million left to claim from HMRC.

Freeports

The government is working to boost economic activity across the UK, ensuring that towns, cities and regions across the country can begin to benefit from the opportunities of leaving the EU. As part of this work, the government aims to create up to 10 freeports in locations across the UK.

The government wants to establish freeports, which have different customs rules than the rest of the country, that are innovative hubs, boost global trade, attract inward investment and increase productivity. In doing so, the government wants freeports to generate employment opportunities to the benefit of some of our most deprived communities around the UK.

The government has the following objectives for UK freeports:

  • establish freeports as national hubs for global trade and investment across the UK
  • promote regeneration and job creation
  • create hotbeds for innovation

The government has drawn on evidence from successful freeports around the world to develop a UK freeport model. The proposed model includes tariff flexibility, customs facilitations and tax measures. We are also considering planning reforms, additional targeted funding for infrastructure improvements and measures to incentivise innovation.

To support this work, we are running a formal consultation to understand your thoughts on the UK’s plans for freeports. We aim to feed your views into the policy development process. The consultation will close 11:59pm on 20 April 2020.

For any further queries on guidance or accessibility, please email freeports@trade.gov.uk

Maintenance - New Prevailing View Screen

13/02/2020

Please be aware that we will be carrying out maintenance ahead of the launch of the new prevailing view screen (go live 27th February). Between 18:00 and 18:30 on the 13th February there may be some delay in loading MIPI data, however the site will still be avaialble.

Gemini B2B Annual Testing

29/01/2020

Please be aware that Xoserve are planning to carry out the annual B2B Gateway Disaster Recovery testing over the weekend of 1st and 2nd February.  This will be conducted during the Gemini maintenance window with no impact on the service.

If you have any further queries, please contact us on box.operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com.

Gemini EFT Outage

27/01/2020

Xoserve will be conducting a Gemini Enhanced File Transfer (EFT) Migration.

There will be an outage on all inbound and outbound files during:

Sunday 9th February        04:00 to 09:00 UK GMT

Any inbound and outbound impacted files will be processed once the activities have been completed.

If you have any further queries, please contact us on box.operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

Capacity Access Review

16/01/2019

National Grid NTS along with industry stakeholders has recently started a review of the capacity access regime. This review aims to address industry concerns, make processes simpler and explore different ways to access the existing capability of the network by reviewing the way capacity is made available. As part of our stakeholder engagement National Grid will be hosting a webinar at on Monday 20th January and will be launching a consultation on the long term ambition of the capacity access regime mid January. If you would like any further information on any aspect of the review please contact ashley.adams@natinalgrid.com or anna.stankiewicz@natinalgrid.com. Alternatively, you can comment on the discusion board here.

Custom Data Download Tool Now Live

19/12/2019

The New Custom Download Tool has been added to Data Item Explorer. This provides the ability to create a query which can be repeated, without requiring development skills. Data can be linked excel or other tools, and refreshed without having to re-define the data in MIPI.

You can view guidance material on how to use this here

Gas Operational Forum Dates 2020 and new venue

05/12/2019

Forum dates have now been confirmed for next year, with the majoirty of events at our new venue the Amba Hotel in Charing Cross. The May and November Forums will take place at National Grid House in Warwick. Please let us know any topics you would like to be covered by email, and you can sign up by clicking on any of the dates below:

January - 23/01/2020
February - 20/02/2020
March - 19/03/2020
May (Warwick) - 14/05/2020
June - 18/06/2020
September - 17/09/2020
October - 22/10/2020
November (Warwick) - 19/11/2020
 

Demand Attribution Issues

02/12/2019

National Grid are committed to providing excellent customer service and are proactively evolving our systems to provide improved enduring solutions.  We are currently running a project to migrate our legacy integration platform to new improved solutions which will ultimately provide a greater continuity of data publication.  Unfortunately, throughout some of the migration activities, a number of challenges have been experienced which has impacted several Demand Attribution publications over the last few weeks.  Activities have been undertaken to resolve any further reoccurrences.  A review of our Demand Attribution processes will be conducted to identify any further opportunities to improve the service.  National Grid would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

GCS Outage - Tuesday 10th December 2019 16:00 - 20:00

25/11/2019

Please be aware that there will be a GCS system outage taking place on Tuesday 10th December 2019 (between 16:00– 20:00) which will affect some elements of Operational data displayed through MIPI.  Impacts will be seen through both the data displayed on the Prevailing View page and within Data Item Explorer.

To clarify, this will affect the following data within Prevailing view:

PCLP Data- Hourly data.

Forecast Flows – Hourly data

Physical Flows – Hourly data

Within Data Item Explorer the following will be impacted:

During the outage (Opening line pack, demand & PCLP) will be made available utilising ANS – this data will also available on the bottom of the prevailing view screen.

All missed data items will be patched back by the end of the Gas Day.

If you have any further questions, please contact us on box.Operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

National Grid Hydrogen Trial

13/11/2019

Please note there have been some changes to the dates of outages detailed below

National Grid IT System Outage - 30th November 2019 16:00hr–23:00hr

Previously communicated as 16th November - News item from 30/10
12/11/2019

Please be aware that there will be a system outage taking place on 16th November 2019 (between 16:00– 23:00) which will affect some elements of Operational data displayed through MIPI.  Impacts will be seen through both the data displayed on the Prevailing View page and within Data Item Explorer.

To clarify, this will affect the following data within Prevailing view:

PCLP Data- Hourly data.

Forecast Flows – Hourly data

Physical Flows – Hourly data

Within Data Item Explorer the following will be impacted:

During the outage (Opening line pack, demand & PCLP) will be made available utilising ANS – this data will also available on the bottom of the prevailing view screen.

All missed data items will be patched back by the end of Gas Day 2nd December

See our Operational news page here: click here for gas operational news

If you have any further questions, please contact us on box.Operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

National Grid IT System Outage – 3rd December 2019 16:00hrs–19:15hrs

Previously communicated as 19th November - News item from 30/10
12/11/2019

Please be aware that there will be a system outage taking place on 19th November 2019 (between 16:00– 19:15) which will affect some elements of Operational data displayed through MIPI.  Impacts will be seen through both the data displayed on the Prevailing View page and within Data Item Explorer.  If you use electronic notifications to let us know your supply and demand information you will be asked to revert to contingency arrangements during these periods, please do not send us electronic files/emails as these will not be processed.

The following areas will be impacted:

Electronic notifications (Supply and Demand profiles submitted to National Grid)

PCLP Data- Hourly data.

Forecast Flows – Hourly data

Physical Flows – Hourly data

Within Data Item Explorer the following will be impacted:

During the outage (Opening line pack, demand & PCLP) will be made available utilising ANS – this data will also available on the bottom of the prevailing view screen.

All missed data items will be patched back by the end of Gas Day 4th December

See our Operational news page here: click here for gas operational news

If you have any further questions, please contact us on box.Operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

National Grid IT System Outage –  5th December 2019 16:00hrs–19:15hrs

Previously communicated as 21st November - News item from 30/10
12/11/2019

Please be aware that there will be a system outage taking place on 21st November 2019 (between 16:00– 19:15) which will affect some elements of Operational data displayed through MIPI.  Impacts will be seen through both the data displayed on the Prevailing View page and within Data Item Explorer.  If you use electronic notifications to let us know your supply and demand information you will be asked to revert to contingency arrangements during these periods, please do not send us electronic files/emails as these will not be processed.

The following areas will be impacted:

Electronic notifications (Supply and Demand profiles submitted to National Grid)

PCLP Data- Hourly data.

Forecast Flows – Hourly data

Physical Flows – Hourly data

Within Data Item Explorer the following will be impacted:

During the outage (Opening line pack, demand & PCLP) will be made available utilising ANS – this data will also available on the bottom of the prevailing view screen.

All missed data items will be patched back by the end of Gas Day 6th December

See our Operational news page here: click here for gas operational news

If you have any further questions, please contact us on box.Operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Gemini EFT Outage

12/11/2019

Xoserve will be conducting a Gemini Enhanced File Transfer (EFT) Disaster Recovery test.

There will be two outages on all inbound and outbound files during:

Saturday 16th November         05:00 to 07:00 UK GMT

Sunday 17th November            05:00 to 07:00 UK GMT

Any inbound and outbound impacted files will be processed once the activities have been completed.

If you have any further questions, please contact us on box.operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com.

Gemini Extended Outage- 10th November 2019 03:00hr-07:00hr

07/11/2019

Xoserve will be conducting a Gemini extended service outage on Sunday 10th November between 03:00 – 07:00.

No capacity auctions will be running until the system is released at 07:00.

If you have any further questions, please contact us on box.operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

National Grid IT System Outage - 05th November 2019 16:00hr–21:00hr

30/10/2019

Please be aware that there will be an outage on our Operational Data pages on Tuesday 5th November, from 16:00 – 21:00. This to carry out patching of data, and we will be publishing a contingency data set with PCLP, Forecast Supply and Demand Forecasts provided via contingency documents (in supplementary reports), and via ANS.

For a period during the outage it is expected that the MIPI database will not be available – please see below table to confirm the impacts on data both during the time when this is available and unavailable.

Please accept our apologies for any disruption during this time.

CANCELLED: National Grid IT System Outage - 16th November 2019 16:00hr–23:00hr

30/10/2019

Please be aware that there will be a system outage taking place on 16th November 2019 (between 16:00– 23:00) which will affect some elements of Operational data displayed through MIPI.  Impacts will be seen through both the data displayed on the Prevailing View page and within Data Item Explorer.

To clarify, this will affect the following data within Prevailing view:

PCLP Data- Hourly data.

Forecast Flows – Hourly data

Physical Flows – Hourly data

Within Data Item Explorer the following will be impacted:

During the outage (Opening line pack, demand & PCLP) will be made available utilising ANS – this data will also available on the bottom of the prevailing view screen.

All missed data items will be patched back by the end of Gas Day 18h November.

See our Operational news page here: click here for gas operational news

If you have any further questions, please contact us on box.Operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

CANCELLED: National Grid IT System Outage – 19th November 2019 16:00hrs–19:15hrs

30/10/2019

Please be aware that there will be a system outage taking place on 19th November 2019 (between 16:00– 19:15) which will affect some elements of Operational data displayed through MIPI.  Impacts will be seen through both the data displayed on the Prevailing View page and within Data Item Explorer.  If you use electronic notifications to let us know your supply and demand information you will be asked to revert to contingency arrangements during these periods, please do not send us electronic files/emails as these will not be processed.

The following areas will be impacted:

Electronic notifications (Supply and Demand profiles submitted to National Grid)

PCLP Data- Hourly data.

Forecast Flows – Hourly data

Physical Flows – Hourly data

Within Data Item Explorer the following will be impacted:

During the outage (Opening line pack, demand & PCLP) will be made available utilising ANS – this data will also available on the bottom of the prevailing view screen.

All missed data items will be patched back by the end of Gas Day 22nd November

See our Operational news page here: click here for gas operational news

If you have any further questions, please contact us on box.Operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

CANCELLED: National Grid IT System Outage –  21st November 2019 16:00hrs–19:15hrs

30/10/2019

Please be aware that there will be a system outage taking place on 21st November 2019 (between 16:00– 19:15) which will affect some elements of Operational data displayed through MIPI.  Impacts will be seen through both the data displayed on the Prevailing View page and within Data Item Explorer.  If you use electronic notifications to let us know your supply and demand information you will be asked to revert to contingency arrangements during these periods, please do not send us electronic files/emails as these will not be processed.

The following areas will be impacted:

Electronic notifications (Supply and Demand profiles submitted to National Grid)

PCLP Data- Hourly data.

Forecast Flows – Hourly data

Physical Flows – Hourly data

Within Data Item Explorer the following will be impacted:

FWACV Process

26/09/2019

Following an internal review National Grid have decided to withdraw from the centralised FWACV process they have been executing on behalf of the DN’s.
Discussions are underway with the DN’s to hand this process over.

Further information on this transition will follow, in the mean time we welcome any comments from the industry regarding the level of service you would like to see going forward. Please send any comments to cara.finn@nationalgrid.com.

Margins Notice Tool - Feedback

19/09/2019

Following the implementation of the new Margin Notice methodology in October, we have amended the associated pdf published on the website. 

Margins Notice and Gas Balancing Notifications site

Example Report

Please let us know any feedback here

GCS System Essential work – Monday 7th October 2019 16:15 – 16:45

Please be aware that there will be essential maintenance be taking place on the GCS system today (between 16:15 and 16:45) which may affect some elements of Operational data displayed through MIPI.  Impact may be seen through both the data displayed on the Prevailing View page within Data Item Explorer.

To clarify, this may affect the following data within Prevailing view:

PCLP Data- Hourly data.

Forecast Flows – Hourly data

Physical Flows – Hourly data

Within Data Item Explorer the following may be impacted:

We do not anticipate using ANS to publish Opening line pack, demand & PCLP.

Any missed data items will be patched back by the end of the Gas Day.

 

If you have any further questions, please contact us on box.Operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Data Centre Programme - System Outage

18th September

Please be aware that we are making some essential changes to our Data Centre. This means that we will need to take a system outage to an upstream system that provides data to our Operational pages.

This will take place on During November (Date TBC).

Impacts will be seen through both the data displayed on the Prevailing View page and within Data Item Explorer.

During the outage, opening line pack, demand & PCLP data will be made available utilising Active Notification Service (ANS). This data will also be available on the bottom of the Prevailing View screen.

All missed data items will be populated into the system retrospectively. We expect the outage to commence after 16:00 PCLP publication on the day and to last approximately 6 hours.

We are working with our colleagues in the Distribution Networks to manage any impacts.

To clarify, this will affect the following data within Prevailing view:

•PCLP Data - Hourly Data

•Forecast Flows - Hourly Data

•Physical Flows - Hourly Data

Within Data Item Explorer the following will be impacted:

GB EU Charging Project - Go Live Successful

10 September 2019 

Further to our recent updates about the GB EU Charging Project (GBEUC) Go Live on Sunday 8th September we are pleased to confirm that the implementation was successful and all impacted systems are live.

Please find below a reminder of the changes:

Modifications/Change Variations driving the 8th September 2019 Go Live

The external impacts resulting from the systems change are low.  The following mods and/or Change Variations are driving the changes:

611 – Amendments to the firm capacity payable price at Interconnector Points

Due to the EU Network Code CAM Incremental requirements Gemini will be able to accommodate the Reserve and Premium Prices for IP PARCA.

597 - Rules for the Release of Incremental Capacity at Interconnector Points

Due to the EU Network Code CAM Incremental requirements Gemini and related downstream systems have to be compliant with the Interconnector Point (IP) Planning and Advanced Reservation of Capacity Agreement (PARCA) process.  In the event that a customer raises an IP PARCA they may wish to book IP Capacity.  Gemini will be able to accommodate bookings for IP PARCA Capacity at Moffat and Bacton.  This means that there are a couple of additional fields in Gemini and also a slight modification to a report in MIPI titled ‘Entry Long Term Capacity Sold At Auctions Report’.

Gemini Live Capacity versus Nominations Report

Provision of a new Live Capacity versus Nominations Report for a shipper and location combination on a gas day or day ahead basis.

Gemini Day Ahead and Within Day Auctions automated for GNCC

This is an internal process but requires National Grid to reconfigure the date parameters for the Entry Day Ahead (DADSEC) and Within Day (WDDSEC) Methods of Sales to make use of new Gemini system code. This is a one off activity that may impact your API configuration.

A communication was sent to the shipper community on the 23rd July with the information below but is included here as a reminder:

The current date parameters for these two auctions are;
Start date 01/04/2019
End date 31/03/2020

We are proposing a one off change;
Start date 01/04/2019
End date 30/09/2019
Start date 01/10/2019
End date 31/03/2020
 
We will make the change on Monday 9th September, any API automation you have may need to be revised with these amended dates and references to avoid file transfers failing from this date.

With effect from 01/10/2019 the new WDDSEC method of sale reference will be;
WDDSEC01OCT201931MAR20200688

With effect from 01/10/2019 the new DADSEC method of sale reference will be;
DADSEC01OCT201931MAR20200689

This change does not impact any other daily auctions only the DADSEC and WDDSEC.

If you have any queries please email box.gasops.businessc@nationalgrid.com

Price & Trade Data - 21/08/2019

Over the last few months we have trialled the provision of National Grid Balancing trades by price, quantity and hour bar. This has been provided after the day via a manual spreadsheet upload.

From today we have implemented this as an enduring solution, available both in data item explorer and via our APIs. Historic data will not be added to these sources, although the trial data in supplementary reports will remain online.

You can access this data via Balancing Actions in Data Item Explorer (alongside the existing 6 hour grouping of balancing actions). Data is available for NBP Title, NBP Physical and Locational. The hourly data item titles end with D0 Hourly, Buy or Sell.

http://mip-prod-web.azurewebsites.net/DataItemExplorer/Index

The API data item list has also been updated with the 64 new items:

https://www.nationalgridgas.com/document/128181/download

Please note that this does not impact on any existing APIs as the 6 hour grouped data is still published and has not been renamed. The new data is available alongside this.

The hourly data has not been added into the Daily Operation Information Report (NORD01c). However, a few additional changes have been made to this report:

·         ‘Price’ replaced with ‘Cost’ for all locations under the Balancing Summary Table

·         ‘NBP Title’ row placed at top of table

·         Milford Haven location added to report

·         Note added to refer to Data Item explorer for the hourly breakdown

 

Update on Data Enhancements Project and changes to Prevailing View - 15/08/2019

The data enhancements project and data community platform was set up to facilitate discussion on what operational data and transparency of NG decisions could be provided to drive efficiencies in the market.  Any feedback we have received has been discussed and validated to understand the value drivers associated with particular focus being a desire to make changes to promote efficiencies to the end consumer.

During this initial project we have reviewed the relevance of the data that we provide to you, understood what new data items are important to you, and improve the user experience when accessing data through Prevailing View, Report Explorer and Data Item Explorer.

In addition the project is delivering a refresh of the underlying technology which supports this, to improve performance, allow for future growth and ensure that we can be more responsive to your future data needs.

To ensure our reach is across all stakeholder groups we launched this Data Community website, which has been useful in facilitating discussion on what data is most important to you and reaching out to new and more varied stakeholders across our industry.   We would like to thank everyone that has taken the time to feed back to date either through this data community website or within group or 121 discussions with National Grid. 

As a result of your feedback we have recently introduced, or will shortly make available the following new data:

  • Instantaneous Demand Data
  • Price and Trade Hourly Data
  • An alignment of Supply & Demand Date/Time Horizons

In addition the user experience particularly through the current Prevailing View screen is being redesigned to make the data more relevant and easier to understand. We are keen to consult with you on this, and will be providing some proposed designs over the next few weeks to gain your input.

We welcome any feedback that you may have, and we are keen to engage with you on the redesign. For further information please contact the Project Manager, Tony Watts at tony.watts@nationalgrid.com

 

Potential impact to API flows for GB Short Term Entry Auctions - 01/08/2019

To improve the reliability of the GB daily auctions, National Grid need to reconfigure the date parameters for the Entry Day Ahead (DADSEC) and Within Day (WDDSEC) Methods of Sales to make use of new Gemini system code. This is a one off activity that may impact your API configuration.
 
The current date parameters for these two auctions are;

  • Start date 01/04/2019
  • End date 31/03/2020

We are proposing a one off change;

  • Start date 01/04/2019
  • End date 30/09/2019
  • Start date 01/10/2019
  • End date 31/03/2020

We will make the change on Monday 9th September, any API automation you have may need to be revised with these amended dates and references to avoid file transfers failing from this date.

With effect from 01/10/2019 the new WDDSEC method of sale reference will be;
WDDSEC01OCT201931MAR20200688

With effect from 01/10/2019 the new DADSEC method of sale reference will be;
DADSEC01OCT201931MAR20200689

This change does not impact any other daily auctions only the DADSEC and WDDSEC.
 
If you wish to discuss the impacts of this proposed change or for further information please email capacityauctions@nationalgrid.com.

 

Instantaneous Demand Data - Live

The Instantaneous Demand data has now gone live following a successful trial.

This is updated at the same intervals as supply data. Demand has been broken down into the following 5 categories and will be published every 12 minutes, with 2 minute intervals:

  • LDZ Offtake Flow
  • Power Station Demand Flow
  • Storage Demand Flow
  • Industrial Demand Flow
  • Interconnector Export Demand Flow

In addition to this there will be a data item showing the total Demand.

To test this data, we are initially providing temporary URLs. These will mirror the existing Instantaneous Flows into the NTS and API links, but with the additional Demand data added. Please note that the existing links have not been edited in any way. Once we have confirmed that this data is working with no issues, it will be combined into the existing site. Please provide any feedback on this data by COP on Friday 7th June- there is a thread for this on the community discussion board.

URLs
Instantaneous Flows (Live Data Page):

  • https://mip-prod-web.azurewebsites.net/InstantaneousView

APIs:

  • http://energywatch.natgrid.co.uk/EDP-PublicUI/PublicPI/InstantaneousFlowWebService.asmx


Why is this change being implemented?
Through engagement at recent Operational Forums, Data Enhancement working groups, and our online community platform, improved Demand data has been identified as the number one priority by Industry as we make enhancements to our Operational Data. We’ve heard that providing this data on an instantaneous level would give a more complete data set when combined with Instantaneous Flows into the NTS.

This change has been fast-tracked so that the benefit to the industry can be realised before other changes to our data pages are implemented.

If you have any further questions, please email us on box.operationalliaison@nationalgrid.com

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