The consultation will be looking at how much baseline capacity National Grid must auction off to gas shippers at each entry point on the National Transmission System (NTS).

Setting these baselines raises significant challenges given the changing patterns of gas flows across the NTS due to the connection of more gas import and storage infrastructure. It is therefore important to ensure that all industry participants have the opportunity to input their views, Ofgem said.

To give participants the chance to do this, National Grid will stage a number of meetings with shippers and other stakeholders in August and September to discuss the baselines and other issues, such as the potential for transfer of entry capacity between different entry points on the NTS.

Following these discussions, Ofgem will issue a consultation on new baseline capacity this autumn.