UK Energy Markets

Providing Consultancy to the UK Gas and Electricity Markets

The UK energy markets were among the first in the world to liberalise energy supply, with competition emerging in 1990 and full market opening for gas in Britain in 1998 and electricity in 1999, as well as one of the first carbon trading schemes from 2002. Liquid trading markets have developed and significant investment has occurred. The difficulties of meeting the UK’s tough emissions reduction obligations whilst replacing ageing energy infrastructure and navigating the UK’s exit from the EU point to challenging times ahead.

MJMEnergy began in 1994 by providing consultancy on the UK gas and electricity markets, and has retained a strong UK base, whilst expanding to offer services across the globe. Our staff and associates are closely involved with a wide range of UK energy issues, and frequently participated in the drafting and development of the early UK energy market contracts rules, many of which have become models for energy market liberalisation in other countries, with ongoing interaction on new developments.

Consultancy Projects:

The following titles are examples of some of the energy consultancy projects that we have carried out in this area of expertise. (Clicking the title will provide more information.)

  • TECCS Service
  • The Energy Codes Changes Service (TECCS)

    The competitive gas and electricity markets in the UK are made possible by a series of industry codes enabling supply companies to gain access to gas and electricity transportation networks.

    This is a monthly subscription consultancy service based on providing clients with frequent, comprehensible, information on current proposals, including short summaries, and impact assessments and recommendations tailored to your company position.
    Currently we are offering this service for the Uniform Network Code (UNC) in gas and for the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC) and the Connection and Use of System Code (CUSC) in electricity.

    For more information or a quotation for this service, contact us.

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  • Drafting of Regulatory Exemption Application for Merchant Interconnector Pipeline
  • Drafting of Regulatory Exemption Application for Merchant Interconnector Pipeline

    Working for a major merchant interconnector operator in Europe, MJMEnergy drafted a regulatory access proposal with supporting documentation, relating to Article 22 of the EU Gas Directive. MJMEnergy worked to assimilate material provided by the client and supplement it with market analysis, review of competing infrastructure, review of the relevant legislation, and a review of the contractual arrangements.

    Working to very tight timescales, we then drafted a full exemption application for the project.

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  • Northern Ireland Utility Regulator Network Code Expert
  • Northern Ireland Utility Regulator Network Code Expert

    MJMEnergy were engaged as specialist Network Code advisors to the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR) providing advice on the development of a common energy market.

    Areas covered included a review of reports and documents produced by the various players on the Common Arrangements for Gas (CAG) project (a plan to integrate the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland gas systems), and assistance in the development of policy, particularly in relation to system operation, supply security and infrastructure investment.

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  • UK Apartment Block Gas Supply Replacement
  • UK Apartment Block Gas Supply Replacement

    Following the discovery of safety concerns with gas mains in a 1970s block of 85 luxury flats in London, MJMEnergy negotiated with the gas transporter and its contractors over the least intrusive and most effective way of replacing the complete gas main and supply up to the consumer meters. The project required much research into the intricacies of the building construction, and the difficulties of replacing a centrally installed gas supply system put in to old standards during the original build. Visits to site were reinforced by individual inspections of each dwelling, and a summary of the design of each flat and its possibilities.

    Initial meetings with the Building Manager and the Property Company Directors set the scene for a good understanding of the brief. Discussions with the transporter and their contractors identified the different views on how the pipe replacements could be achieved, with conflicting requirements over the location of new pipes. Eventually after much research into different possible solutions, ones were found which did not involve the unwelcome prospect of many risers up the side of the building - which although not listed, is in a conservation area. These bridged the gap between the otherwise conflicting views of the transporter and the owner. The work has now been carried out.

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  • Europe Off-grid LNG Market Study
  • Europe Off-grid LNG Market Study

    MJMEnergy undertook a market study for a major European energy player looking at the companies seeking to develop the LNG market for road transportation and off-grid gas in Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK, as well marine shipping in the Baltic, North Sea and English Channel, and inland waterway transport on the major West European waterways in Belgium and the Netherlands.

    The completed project included a final report and workshop reviewing opportunities, risks and competitors for the client.

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  • UK LNG Market Entry and UNC Accession Study
  • UK LNG Market Entry and UNC Accession Study

    MJMEnergy provided an industrial gases business with a UK gas market entry study, considering the practicalities of sourcing LNG within the UK in order to supply the LNG road transport market. A key part of the study included advice on the cost, benefits and process of becoming UK gas shipper and acceding to the Uniform Network Code.

    The analysis included estimates of gas supply costs from a range of sources, including peak-shaving LNG and imported LNG.

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  • Myanmar LNG Import Project
  • Myanmar LNG Import Project

    In order to meet the shortfall between gas supply and demand in Myanmar, the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), considered a number of possible options for sites to facilitate LNG imports. MJMEnergy in conjunction with PEC, ECA, Drennan Marine and DCMetocean, led the project team that examined three possible LNG sites in Myanmar.

    In addition the Project Team developed a site prioritisation tool and reviewed the possibility of gas swaps. The work was sponsored by the World Bank on behalf of MOGE.

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  • UK Electricity Market Entry and BSC Accession Support
  • UK Electricity Market Entry and BSC Accession Support

    MJMEnergy provided consultancy services assisting MVV in the establishment of a UK electricity generation and trading facility, including meeting licensing and registration requirements and setting up fit for purpose systems.

    This included a series of workshops and meetings with MVV staff, and ongoing support for an extended period, to support the development of Energy from Waste generation projects in the UK.

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  • UK Entry Capacity Advice
  • UK Entry Capacity Advice

    MJMEnergy entry capacity expert, Nick White, provided CERA with advice on the GB entry capacity regime and the impact of new capacity substitution rules on the future availability of capacity at St Fergus.

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  • UK Significant Code Review: Gas Supply Security
  • UK Significant Code Review: Gas Supply Security

    Ofgem as part of its Gas security of supply review, commissioned MJMEnergy/Redpoint to identify and analyse the possible risks to GB gas supply security, to inform the regulator’s decisions as to whether to support strategic storage or other interventions in the gas market.

    The report was based on a wide-ranging literature review and a series of interviews with key stakeholders and academics.

    MJMEnergy produced a report that provided an overview of the issue of security of gas supply as it affected the GB market, including an analysis of what was meant by security of supply, current and future challenges to security of supply and a description of the GB gas market from a security of supply perspective.

    We also analysed potential supplies of gas (delivered as LNG and pipeline gas respectively) and associated risks to GB supply security and provided key conclusions regarding risks to security of supply for the GB gas market.

    MJMEnergy provided gas specialist support to Redpoint’s modelling of the impact of various potential security of supply interventions.

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  • Review of Gas Safety Standards, Reports and Recommendations
  • Review of Gas Safety Standards, Reports and Recommendations

    Complete review of a report on a gas installation in two large blocks of flats in London, following concerns by the Health and Safety Executive about the lack of adherence to the standards in place at the time and possible dangers to the occupants. The project required researching all the available Gas Standards and Gas Acts, Building Regs, IGEM Gas publications and pipeline safety regulations (23 in total). Both those current and subsequent issues of the standard and regulations were then applied to the design and installation of the gas supply network in these large blocks of flats. Among many subjects covered were pipe entry requirements, the quality and appropriateness of risers, laterals and valves, and the incorrect installation of meters. The appropriateness of the remedial work necessary was also reviewed.

    Besides reviewing and validating the previous report on the installation, the consultancy work summarised the standards in place when the project was tendered, those when it was built and those current at the time of the study. This led to the Client having confirmation of the whole scenario, including a measure of how the installation was to be put right, and how accountability could be allocated and disputed.

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  • Expert Witness in Dispute over Legacy Gas Transportation Agreements in the UK
  • Expert Witness in Dispute over Legacy Gas Transportation Agreements in the UK

    Mike Madden of MJMEnergy acted as an expert witness in a dispute between a gas producer and a large power generator in the UK over the impact of switching from a distance-related monthly balancing transportation contract to an entry/exit Network Code based transportation agreement. This work entailed comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two regimes from an operational and commercial perspective and presenting them to the court.

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  • UK Energy Company Structure Advice
  • UK Energy Company Structure Advice

    Spark Energy approached MJMEnergy Ltd requesting consultancy support in determining the structure, operations, feasibility and risks of establishing an Enterprise Investment Scheme company for UK gas trading, as well as ongoing support, if it was required with establishment of this business. MJMEnergy provided Spark Energy with a study outlining the options establishing an EISco and recommendations for the way forward.

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  • Potential of Repurposing Gas Mains for Heat Networks Project
  • Potential of Repurposing Gas Mains for Heat Networks Project

    MJMEnergy worked for the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change on a project to assess the potential for repurposing iron gas mains (which were due to be replaced under the Iron Mains Risk Reduction Programme) as part of heat networks.

    The project required MJMEnergy to facilitate communication between the Gas Distribution Network Operators, DECC, Ofgem and the Health and Safety Executive on possible projects. MJMEnergy collated resources into a secure online library, and produced a summary report on the potential.

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Training and Capacity Building:

The following are examples of some of the energy training and capacity building we have carried out that is relevant to this area of expertise. (Clicking the title will provide more information.)

  • UK Gas Markets
  • UK Gas Markets

    As well as explaining the whole UK 'world of gas', this one-day course will also look at coping with the un-predictables, like the weather, future consumption patterns and the imperative of trading in gas supplies and explaining how these factors form the NBP prices.

    This one-day course looks at:

    • The Physical Gas Market
    • Market Fundamentals & Price Behaviour
    • Overview of the Commercial Gas Market
    • The Gas Balancing Game
    • Instruments & Trading Strategies
    • The Future of Gas

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  • UK Electricity Markets
  • UK Electricity Markets

    During the course of the day we will give you an introduction to the electricity market and explain what the physical and commercial market is. You will try your hand at trading in our Electricity Balancing Game before learning about how electricity interacts with the environment and how the market may develop beyond the next five years.
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  • UK Energy Market Essentials
  • UK Energy Market Essentials

    If you are new to the energy industry, this course will equip you to understand the unique features of energy supply within, out of, and back into the UK. It will give you a vital take on the drivers of energy prices, and the effect our capricious weather has on electricity and gas demand. It will help you to both work out how your own job is influenced by the whole world of energy, and to gaze into the future of where our heat and light might come from when we have retired!

    The course covers:

    • Physical gas markets
    • Physical electricity market
    • UK energy players
    • Commercial energy market overview
    • Future energy
    • The Gas Trading Game

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  • UK Energy Market Futures
  • UK Energy Market Futures

    The course will equip all those needing their own take on the UK energy market with the ingredients to assess likely future scenarios up to 20 years ahead. It features a helicopter view of the current market, known planning success stories, clean energy solutions and other energy-critical subjects. It will help debate the question, "is the future electric?" and look into the shape and challenges of future markets.

    The course covers:

    • Reasons for change and policy interventions
    • The Carbon Counter Game
    • Pathways - all hail electrification!
    • Decarbonisating energy
    • The hydrocarbon bridge - how we are doing?
    • My 2050 role play
    • What's in the News?

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  • Ofgem Gas Technical Basics/Advanced
  • Ofgem Gas Technical Basics/Advanced

    We designed a Gas Basic and Gas Advanced course for Ofgem to provide a greater understanding of the operation of the gas supply system for their non-engineers as well as perspectives on commercial gas issues.

    An extensive handbook to go with each course and a precourse online questionnaire to help staff know which level they required was also provided.

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  • Development of Network Code Course
  • Development of Network Code Course

    MJMEnergy delivered a bespoke in-house course for a European transporter on the development of the GB Network Code from its origins in 1996 to the Uniform Network Code in 2005 and beyond. The aim was to assist the transporter in developing its own network code, exploring how changing market requirements, regulation and corporate structure in the GB gas market impacted on Network Code development and utilisation.

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  • Uniform Network Code Course
  • Uniform Network Code Course

    The day starts with an introduction to the Uniform Network Code (UNC), building on that with a detailed look at entry capacity and exit capacity, the UNC modification process, energy balancing and system security, rounding off with the customer interface.

    This one-day course explores:

    • Introduction to the Network Code
    • Entry Capacity of Gas
    • Exit Capacity of Gas
    • The Network Code Modification Process
    • Energy Balancing and System Security
    • The Customer Interface

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  • Influencing Commercial Outcomes
  • Influencing Commercial Outcomes

    Centrica's leadership development programme required a bespoke Influencing Commercial Outcomes course.

    Over three-days we provided hands-on negotiation and market simulations as well as expert seminars on key issues of relevance.

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  • Framework Agreement with IGEM for the Provision of Technical Training
  • The IGEM Academy

    Over the last few years MJMEnergy has worked closely with IGEM to prepare and deliver technical training for engineers, both in the UK and overseas. Typical examples have included the following:

    • Introduction to the UK gas industry and its market.
    • Asset integrity management.
    • TGas market safety, legislation and regulation.
    • Engineering ethics – doing the right thing.
    • Safety, risk & reliability management.
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  • UK Gas Hedging and Optimisation
  • UK Gas Hedging and Optimisation

    Course Description

    During this day you will gain an understanding of the complexities of trading gas in the UK. We will explain the concepts and then let you enjoy the consequences of your decisions as you attempt to balance your supply and demand position in our Gas Trading Game. Warning, this is not for the faint hearted!

    Course Content

    • UK Gas Market Principles, Processes and Regulation
    • UK Gas Supply & Demand Overview & Trends
    • UK Gas Market Structure, Instruments & Price Behaviour
    • What are options?
    • Gas Market Risks
    • Gas Trading Game
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  • Emissions Trading Course
  • Emissions Trading Course

    This fast paced day will explore the past, present and future of trading emissions and how that may help combat climate change. The course will explain the various acronyms as well as how to trade in this market.

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Energy Publishing:

The following titles are examples of energy reports that we have written, published or sell and are included to complement this section. Feel free to click on the titles for more information.

  • The Long Term Capacity Auctions
  • The Long Term Capacity Auctions

    Shippers wishing to deliver gas into Transco's supply system are required to hold entry capacity rights. Entry capacity is available at the six major beach terminals, as well as a number of smaller entry points. Capacity is variable depending on demand and network flows. The cost and availability of entry capacity is major factor in UK gas producers and shippers profitability.

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  • Network 2000
  • Network 2000

    Mike Madden and Nick White authored this report for FT Energy, explaining the key changes to the UK Network Code arrangements in 1999, including the creation of a within-day gas balancing market for both shippers and the transporter, the On-the-day Commodity Market, and the development of entry capacity auctions.

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  • The New Electricity Trading Arrangements
  • The New Electricity Trading Arrangements

    Written by Nick White for Petroleum Economist, this industry guide described and explained the major reform of the UK electricity system whereby the centralised electricity Pool system was replaced by a system of bilateral contracts (referred to as the New Electricity Trading Arrangements or NETA) with generator self-dispatch under the terms of the Balancing and Settlement Code.

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  • The Network Code
  • The Network Code

    The Transco Network Code introduced in 1996 was a new approach to gas transportation arrangements, which has now been used as a model f or many liberalising gas markets. Mike Madden’s report written for FT Energy explained the background, rationale, development, text and operation of the Network Code, helping readers to understand the huge changes in the UK gas market at the time.

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  • Lifting of Stricter Consents: The Future of UK Gas-Fired Power Plants
  • Lifting of Stricter Consents: The Future of UK Gas-Fired Power Plants

    This report written by Nick White and David Smith and published by FT Energy reviewed the impact of the UK Government’s decision to impose a moratorium on new gas-fired power stations during the period leading up to the reform of the UK electricity pool.

    In bringing a premature end to the Dash for Gas, the Government temporarily preserved UK coal operations, but with the risk of deterring inward investment and distorting the market.

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Key staff and associates:

  • Mike Madden
  • Nick White
  • David Long
  • Jeremy Bending
  • Chris Le Fevre
  • Duncan Jack