Switzerland has no natural gas of its own and has to import its entire supply. It also currently lacks the capability to store natural gas which means that demand is met through very flexible procurement abroad. “Flexible” means that natural gas procurement is structured to meet demand consistent with customer load profiles. It also means that the security of supply is always fully accounted for. It is advantageous that Switzerland is embedded in the tightly knit European natural gas network.
Swissgas handles volumes of gas and services on behalf of its shareholder clients (the regional companies) on a bundled basis using European suppliers, producers and hubs for modularity.
After the conclusion of the agreement, Swissgas performs various processing tasks for the regional companies:
- Nominations for the supplier and Transporter
- Measures for ordinary and extraordinary Events
- Management of the scope of consolidation, invoicing, assuring contract stipulations
- Fulfilments/support of regulatory requirements
The demand for gas varies according to the season and time of day, so that the processing of individual orders must be ensured 24/7 all year long. That is the mission of dispatching, which Swissgas carries out using its own resources and through outsourcing to Erdgas Ostschweiz AG.