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The gas transmission system operators (TSOs) in Finland, Latvia and Estonia -  Gasum Oy, AS Conexus Baltic Grid and Elering AS – have today signed an Inter TSO Compensation (ITC) agreement, which enables the functioning of a single gas transmission tariff zone for Finland, Estonia and Latvia from the beginning of 2020.

The ITC agreement unifies the entry point tariffs on the external borders of the region and removes commercial interconnection points between countries. It will be used for transportation of the gas across Finland, Estonia and Latvia without additional charges.  The ITC agreement also foresees compensation for TSOs of eligible variable costs and sets principles of the entry revenue re-distribution among the operators.

The agreement is expected to lead to higher market liquidity by making it easier for shippers and traders to sell gas on the whole market area.

The ITC agreement became effective on the date of signing for Elering and Conexus and it will become effective for Gasum once the changes required in national legislation enabling the Finnish TSO to enter into such agreement become into force. The ITC compensation mechanism will become effective on 1 January 2020.

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