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As part of the Italian gas market privatization, all gas transportation companies are required to prepare a “Network Code,” the rules which govern the access of shippers to their networks. The Network Code is a core element of the contract Italian transportation companies offer to their customers. In July 2002, the Italian regulator issued the general criteria and framework for the Network Code.

SNAM Rete Gas (SRG), a major European gas transporter, commissioned NERA to draft specific sections of its proposed Network Code to be submitted to the regulator.

According to the framework set by the regulator for the Network Code, NERA’s international team of experts helped SRG develop the standards for quality of service provided to shippers, forecast the expected demand on SRG’s transportation network over the medium and long term, compose the updating procedure of the Network Code, and craft the revenue neutrality of the company’s business operations.