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Allocation of capacity at the French-German border : RTE to renew for October the provisions adopted in September.

Source: RTE 21/09/2005

RTE will renew for October 2005 the provisions adopted in September on allocating capacity at the French-German border.

RTE, the French electricity transmission system operator, will renew for October 2005 the provisions adopted in September on allocating capacity at the French-German border.

In a press release published on 7 July (see www.tennet.nl), TenneT, the Dutch system operator, announced its decision, effective 1 September 2005, to stop awarding priority for the allocation of capacity at all Dutch borders to contracts concluded between EDF and SEP prior to the liberalisation of the electricity market.

TenneT has made this capacity available to the market again.

As a result of TenneT's decision, RTE, the French transmission system operator, has noted the de facto non-implementation of priority access to the French-German interconnector awarded to the contract in question. In order to ensure that there is no unusable reserved capacity, the corresponding capacity was allocated in September in accordance with the prevailing allocation mechanism. These provisions will be extended for October 2005.

The technical extension for October 2005, adopted by RTE, in no way compromises the subsequent introduction of other allocation methods, pursuant to the consultation currently under way with the French regulatory authority.

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