• Alpiq is a leading Swiss electricity and energy services provider with a European focus. The company is active in power production, as well as energy trading and sales. Alpiq offers its clients extensive, efficient energy services for buildings and plants, transport technology, as well as power and industrial plant engineering.

  • BC-Energy Trade procures electricity and natural gas to its parent company holding Borsodchem, which is a leading European producer of chemicals (e.g. MDI). On the electricity market it operates its own balance group. Besides trading, it provides balance group management services to the BC-Power Plant Ltd (consists of two gas turbines and two co-fired heat recovery steam boilers) and independent trading companies as well.

    BC-Energy Trade employs our portfolio management solution for the management of its electricity balance group. Our IT solution is enhanced with a gas nomination module as well, which is used to communicate with GCA, the Austrian TSO. GCA obligates NUs to use AS4 protocol, which is therefore implemented in our nomination system.

  • Budapest Power Plant Ltd. is the most significant heat and power generator in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. It supplies 144,000 district heated homes while it is also a significant player on the power market. It conducts intensive wholesale trading and is also one of the main players on the balancing market organized by the transmission system operator, Mavir.

    With our solution Budapest Power Plant can now manage this complex activity in an integrated environment. We helped the company reduce significantly the time spent with the tasks and human error that arose due to the complexity of processes. We set up a centralized data storage and reporting system. Data transfer processes are now automated: data is collected from the exchange and the TSO, while the scheduling procedure that is especially crucial in case of balancing market participants is now operates flawlessly meeting the newest regulatory requirements.

    The whole supply chain is covered by our integrated solution: it supports production planning and optimization (for all 5 units), the complete wholesale electricity trading activity, the balancing market  participation, and finally it includes solutions for supporting processes related to physical delivery.

  • Bulgartransgaz, as operator of the gas transmission system, is responsible for the 1835 km total length of internal transmission pipelines as well as the 930 km total length of cross-border transit pipelines and operating the national gas storage facilities.

  • CEEGEX is the Hungarian national gas exchange. It is continuously growing and recently it extended its product portfolio by offering short term standardized balancing products. This introduction posed many challenges to the previous operation: off-hours and weekend operation had to be introduced and new functions had to be developed within CEEGEX which were until then provided by the Clearing House.

     

    We helped CEEGEX to meet these new requirements:

    We developed a back office solution that provides automated standard product creation, communicates with Ceegex's Trayport trading screen, performs partner limit handling, calculates daily prices as an input for imbalance settlement, produces nomination data, communicates with the TSO for sending nominations and the prices for imbalance settlement, and communicates with the Clearing House to synchronize partner limit data.

  • IP Systems provides off-the-shelf portfolio management products for smaller players of the gas market as well. The daily operation of Cross-Inergy, a stable retailer of the Hungarian natural gas market, is supported by our small-scale portfolio management solution with nomination, allocation, metering data and settlement data management.

  • FGSZ Plc. is the owner and operator of the natural gas transmission pipeline system of Hungary. The TSO procured a central dispatching platform in 2008 to maximally prepare its IT infrastructure for the new, liberalized market condition. We delivered and implemented the platform, and with continuous development we supply a system that is fully compliant with national and EU legislation (e.g. CAM-NC, BAL-NC and INT-NC and including requirements of REMIT and ENTSOG provisions). The main modules are: Capacity Management, Contract management, Nomination, Measurement Data, Allocation, Operative Matching, Operation Support, Imbalance settlement, Reporting, Publication, Server-Server Integration.

     

    A few years later, another platform was the result of intensive cooperation between IP Systems and FGSZ. In 2011, we developed a Balancing (now: Trading) Platform software for FGSZ. The exchange-like operation of the platform creates a flexible daily marketplace where shippers can anonymously trade with natural gas volumes, capacities and other flexible products through a clearing house. Our software solution won the “ICT project of the year” award of the Hungarian National Innovation Office in 2012.

     

    Finally, we developed for FGSZ the Regional Booking Platform (RBP). RBP is an online capacity booking and auctioning platform for TSOs for domestic and interconnection transmission Entry-Exit point capacities. Operations started in December 2014, when first auctions were held. It offers CAM NC compliant capacity allocation procedures for bundled and unbundled gas capacities for transmission system operators and network users. It was developed for easy and cost-efficient implementation, which aspect is well reflected by the registered 114 network users. RBP has 8 TSO members (Bulgartransgaz, DESFA, Eustream, FGSZ, Gas Connect Austria, Magyar Gáz Tranzit, Plinacro, SNTGN Transgaz) which are using the platform for the auctions for 15 interconnection points and domestic points in Bulgaria (233), Romania (2) and Hungary (320).

  • Égáz/Dégáz, the Hungarian natural gas trading branch of GDF-SUEZ was one of the largest wholesaler and retailer players on the Hungarian natural gas market. Our portfolio management solution supported the full trading activity of the company including customer portal and consumption forecast modules.

  • Hrvatska elektroprivreda (HEP Group) is the national energy company, which has been dealing with generation, distribution and supply of electricity for more than a century. And in the last few decades it has been dealing with distribution and supply of heat energy and natural gas to customers. Hrvatska elektroprivreda is organized as a concern, a group of connected companies (daughter companies).

    The parent company (parent body) of HEP Group is HEP d.d., which carries out the function of corporate governance of HEP Group and guarantees conditions for safe and reliable electricity supply to customers.

  • The RWE owned ELMŰ-ÉMÁSZ group operates the second largest balance group in the Hungarian electricity market. Our solution supports the entire portfolio management of this balance group: wholesale trading, cross-currency management, automated scheduling to Mavir, price data collection, the support of operative trading processes, report generation for settlement.

  • MVM Partner is a state-owned energy company that controls the largest electricity wholesale portfolio in Hungary. It started its gas trading branch in 2009 and since then it is an active wholesale and retail player in the gas market as well. Our gas portfolio management solution supports MVM Partner in its everyday trading activity from contract management through nomination, allocation data exchange, supplier switching management, and the complete settlement process.

  • Aspect Holdings expanded its international exploration efforts in June of 2004 and now controls Budapest-based Hungarian Horizon Energy, LTD (HHE). HHE is currently the second largest license holder in Hungary which operates exploration licenses covering approximately 5,000,000 acres.

  • The storage facility of MMBF was founded in 2006 with a special strategic storage mandate. Within its sole facility of 1.9 bcm working gas capacity it has dual operations. MMBF separately operates a strategic storage activity with a maximum size of 1.2 bcm capacity and a commercial storage activity for the remaining 0.7 bcm working gas capacity. Due to this specialty, the operation of MMBF has to meet various regulatory requirements, and has to manage separately the different types of storage activities. A further specialty of the facility is a production site interconnection that has to be managed through physical and buffer management.

    As MMBF is also a commercial storage site it faces the recent challenges of European storage operators: increasing competition and the need to be more market oriented, providing more flexible services.

    Being the IT platform provider of MMBF since 2010, we continuously support them. Our platform helps MMBF to successfully fulfil their strategic storage duties and in the same time be an on-the-edge storage service provider on the competitive flexibility market.

    With our solution MMBF can assist Clients in the long and short term balancing of their portfolio, to adapt quickly to market changes. Our software enables flexible definition and handling of the capacity products (e.g. time-frames, allocation, pricing, directions) and provides flexibility in the setting and operation of daily processes (nomination/renomination: windows, directions).

  • The storage facility of Podzemno Skladište Plina d.o.o. (PSP) is the sole storage facility in the Croatian market.  It has an essential role in the supply of domestic gas consumption, it is the pivotal supplier of the seasonal, weekly, daily and within day flexibility need.

    Being the IT platform provider of PSP since 2014 we supported the company in the flawless adaptation to legislative changes (implementation of EU network codes, further market opening in Croatia) and to successfully meet new gas market challenges, e.g. the acceleration of natural gas market processes and the increasing need from Clients for flexible services.

    Among others, our solution supports hourly operation, custom hourly matching, within day nomination direction change, flexible nomination time window management, etc.

     

  • With a supply capacity of 146 billion m3/year and an overall storage capacity of 32 billion m3 in 12 gas storage facilities, Ukratransgaz plays a very significant role even by European standards. With links to Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Romania, the Ukrainian pipeline system has direct connections to the European infrastructure operating in accordance with uniform principles.