Information on key events in the first half of 2017 and their impact on the financial situation of Fluxys Belgium
- Turnover up, mainly due to the start of contracts for gas transmission between Dunkirk and Zeebrugge
- Slight upturn in interest rates has positive impact on the Group’s results
- €36.0 million in investments, mainly in the fifth storage tank and second jetty at the LNG terminal in Zeebrugge
- Fluxys Belgium’s infrastructure: key role on the North-Western European market
- Offtake by gas-fired power stations increases by nearly one quarter
- Belgian gas trading places continue to thrive: ZTP up 46%
- Small-scale LNG remains successful and natural gas as a fuel for transport continues to rise
Fluxys Belgium has successfully issued two bonds with a total nominal value of €350 million at historically low credit spreads and for long-term maturities. Total market appetite reached €880 million, which reconfirms the confidence of European institutional investors in Fluxys Belgium’s credit quality and the key role of the Belgian natural gas grid as crossroads for Northwestern Europe.
On 1 December 2017 Fluxys Belgium and GRTgaz will introduce Virtualys, a single virtual interconnection point between the Belgian ZTP and French PEG Nord gas trading places with a view to facilitate cross-border trading.
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- Regulated turnover remains stable
- Net profit increases by €21.8 million, €16.2 million of which is due to the one-off impact of tax reform
- Tax reform has positive impact on future tariffs but no effect on the dividend to be paid out
- Fluxys Belgium proposes to the Annual General Meeting on 8 May 2018 a gross dividend of €1.23 per share
- Successful long-term bond issue worth €350 million
- Investments: €83.4 million, mainly for the construction of the fifth tank at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal
- Belgian network plays key role as a natural gas crossroads: border-to-border transmission volumes up 20%
- Gas-fired power plants crucial to security of electricity supply
- Belgian gas trading still growing steadily
- Transmission tariffs drop by approximately 7.5% in 2018
- Natural gas as a fuel for transport continues to rise
The Zeebrugge LNG terminal performed its first direct ship-to-ship transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) today. The successful completion of the operation marks the start of LNG transshipment services at the facility.
The Zeebrugge LNG Terminal has recently performed its first loadings of the Coral EnergICE. This newly built ice class vessel will be making regular calls for delivering small-scale LNG to Scandinavian ports.
Information on key events in the first half of 2018 and their impact on the financial situation of Fluxys Belgium:
- Regulated turnover remains constant
- Net profit totals €24.3 million (€22.9 million during the first half of 2017)
- Investments: €52.9 million, mainly relating to the construction of the fifth tank at Zeebrugge LNG terminal
- Fluxys Belgium's infrastructure confirms its role as a crossroads for the natural gas market in North-Western Europe
- Natural gas consumption on the Belgian market remains stable
- Activity increases at Zeebrugge LNG terminal
- First transshipment of LNG directly between two vessels
- Energy transition: innovative gas applications gain ground
- First successful large-scale L/H conversion
- New tariff methodologies applicable from 2020 onwards
The subscription window for LNG services at the Zeebrugge terminal held from 30 April to 24 May 2019 has seen a positive outcome.
25/09/2019 - Information on key events in the first half of 2019 and their impact on the financial situation of Fluxys Belgium.
Christian Leclercq will join the Executive Board of Fluxys Belgium as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with effect from 1 January 2020.
• Turnover up to €531.0 million (2018: €503.2 million)
• Net profit up to €69.5 million (2018: €54.5 million)
• Proposal to the Annual General Meeting on 12 May 2020:
gross dividend of €1.30 per share (2018: €1.26 per share)
• Investments in infrastructure: €91.3 million, mainly for the construction of the fifth storage tank at the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Zeebrugge
• 2020-2023 transmission tariffs approved: reduction in tariffs
• Zeebrugge LNG terminal boosts its prospects
o Record traffic for both large-scale and small-scale LNG
o Unloading of LNG carriers: new long-term contract until 2044
o LNG transshipments: start of long-term contract until end 2039
• Practical steps to move the energy transition forward: fully targeting green gas and already achieving results with natural gas
• Roll-out of action plan to halve our own greenhouse gas emissions by 2025
Information on key events in the first half of 2016 and their impact on the financial situation of Fluxys Belgium:
- Regulated turnover down – drop results from of a number of authorised costs in decrease: operating expenses, financial expenses and the authorised return
- Efficiency efforts in line with the regulated tariff model
- Increasingly lower interest rates affect the group's results
- Investments: €54.2 million, mainly for the fifth storage tank and the second jetty at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal
- Traded volumes on the ZTP gas trading place have risen by over 51%
- Success of small-scale LNG continues
9 December 2016 – RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) has successfully delivered the first LNG cargo at the second jetty of the Zeebrugge LNG terminal. Unloading the vessel was part of the operational tests in view of commissioning the new facility.
The world’s first top category ice class LNG carrier has docked at the Zeebrugge liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal for a series of scheduled operations. The vessel will be serving the Yamal LNG production terminal under construction in North Siberia.
Natural gas transmission tariffs are set to drop for the third time in five years on 1 January 2018, which will have a positive impact on gas bills for individuals, SMEs as well as large companies. This decrease is triggered by the interim tariff revision mechanism provided for in CREG’s tariff decision.
- Regulated revenue in the new regulatory period down as a result of the decrease in a number of authorised costs: operating expenses, financial expenses, and the authorised return affected by the continuing very low level of interest rates
- Fluxys Belgium will propose to the Annual General Meeting to be held on 9 May 2017 paying out the same gross dividend as the previous year, namely €1.20 per share
- Investments: €139.2 million, mainly relating to the fifth tank and the second jetty at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal
- Belgian grid plays a key role in meeting flexibility needs for the Northwest European and UK markets
- Belgian gas trading place ZTP hits record highs (up 50%)
- Small-scale LNG enjoys continued success and natural gas as a transport fuel makes considerable progress
The Green Gas Initiative (GGI) members saw 11 TWh of biomethane injected in gas networks of their home countries in 2016, a 50% increase over the past three years. This promising result is one of the outcomes detailed in GGI’s recent first report on the development of biomethane.
14 September 2017 – As liquidity and market depth at the Belgian gas trading place ZTP continues to increase, pan-European gas trading platform PEGAS has launched a ZTP monthly price index. The monthly index offers end users and grid users in Belgium an attractive alternative for currently used price references in gas supply contracts.