Join the Gas Market

Register to join the Gas Market

Information for new Gas Market entrants

Our role in registering new Market Entrants

As the Central Data Services Provider (CDSP):

  • Xoserve manages the Market Entry Process for new Gas Shippers and Gas Traders
  • We also register and provide services to other gas market participants that wish to enter the market

Our Customer Life Cycle Team will help you complete the relevant registration process

To register as a new Gas Shipper or Gas Trader you will need to become a signatory of the Uniform Network Code (UNC).

Other Gas Market Participants can register here to access our services.

If you are not sure if you are eligible to become a Gas Market Participant please contact us.

Overview of the Market Entry Process

Market Entry

Find out more about how to become a registered Gas Trader or Shipper.

Application process for Shippers, Traders and Independent Gas Transporters

This is the process for registering as a Gas Shipper, a Gas Trader or an Independent Gas Transporter.

Please complete our online enquiry form

  • Once we have reviewed your enquiry we will contact you to discuss and provide you with an application form
  • On submission of the completed application form we will conduct application checks
  • When checks are complete, applicant Shipper and Trader Users will need to pay a User Admission Fee

Additional considerations:

To support market entry a number of agreements will need to be signed and countersigned by relevant gas industry parties:

  • Confidentiality agreement* (Gas Shippers and Traders)
  • Accession agreement(s) (Gas Shippers and Traders)
  • Data Service Contract (Gas Shippers and IGTS)
  • UK Link User Agreement (Gas Traders)
  • Amended Reinstated Transporters Framework Agreement (ARFTA) (IGTS)

These agreements will be issued by the Customer Lifecycle team who will be on hand to support the process and offer advice.

*must be signed and processed to continue with the Market Entry process for applicant Shipper and Trader Users.

We will make arrangements for your organisation to access the Information Exchange (IX) - Xoserve's secure network infrastructure used to transfer files between organisations.

These arrangements can be carried out at the same time as Step 2 and will involve:

  • Agreeing indicative timescales for IX installation/configuration works
  • Signing an IX Installation and Sharing agreement

At this stage a credit check will be undertaken and we will contact you to agree the invoicing arrangements for IX installation/configuration and any annual maintenance charges.

Where IX needs to be installed, our service provider will contact you to arrange a time and date for installation.

We will contact you to make arrangements for lodging financial security in respect of Xoserve services. For applicant Shipper and Trader Users energy balancing security will also need to be placed.

If applicable, we will also provide you with contact details for each of the relevant Gas Transporters to arrange financial securities directly with them.

Our Customer Lifecycle team will help you gain access to our systems and services and provide onboarding training to get you started.

You will then be ready to go-live as a registered Market Participant.

You will also be able to access additional Xoserve services.

Application process for other organisations

If you are not registering as a Gas Shipper, a Gas Trader or an Independent Gas Transporter but still want to access Xoserve services, please use the process below.

Please complete our online application form

  • Once we have reviewed your enquiry we will contact you to discuss and provide you with an application form
  • On submission of the completed application form we will conduct application checks

To support market entry, certain agreements may need to be signed.

These agreements will be issued by the Customer Lifecycle team who will be on hand to support the process and offer advice.

You may need to make arrangements for the installation of Information Exchange (IX) - Xoserve's secure network infrastructure used to transfer files between organisations.

These arrangements involve:

  • Agreeing indicative timescales for IX installation works
  • Signing an IX Installation and Sharing agreement

At this stage a credit check will be undertaken and we will contact you to agree the invoicing arrangements for IX installation/configuration and any annual maintenance charges.

Our service provider would then contact you to arrange a time and date for installation.

We may also need to contact you to make arrangements for lodging financial security in respect of Xoserve services.

Our Customer Lifecycle team will help you gain access to our systems and services and provide onboarding training to get you started.

You will then be ready to go-live as a registered Market Participant.

You will also be able to access additional Xoserve services.

Who to contact

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the Customer Life Cycle Team

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