The merchant line Greuth – Tarvisio between Austria and Italy has been erected (as announced on the page Effects of Grid Expansion). Its commissioning test is planned for 13 December 2012. Its capacity will be integrated into the cross-border capacity of the Austrian-Italian border (no separate auction for the merchant line). During winter period this could lead to additional 85 MW transfer capacity in direction from Austria to Italy.
At the moment, due to the pending commissioning, it is unclear when this additional transfer capacity can actually be offered to the market. As the auction closing of the yearly AT>IT auction is scheduled for 13 December the capacity of the “merchant line” will be allocated for 2013 mainly in the monthly auctions. This could entail a significant rise of the monthly capacity.
The auctions will be done by CASC.EU as in the past.