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How European Gas Market Data Went Digital for the First Time

ELEKS guided appygas through the whole product development cycle of a unique digital portal that allows near real-time viewing of European gas market information
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About the client

GRTGaz Deutschland is a major European natural gas transmission system operator

Industry:Oil & Gas
Location:Europe
Client since:2017
 
Flagship digital transformation for the client
 
Excellent feedback and quick adoption by users
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The Situation
GRTGaz Deutschland wields digital innovation to overhaul their everyday operations

In the highly regulated European gas market, every operator, including GRTGaz, must provide regular reports on the state of their operations. These reports create a flow of multiple heterogeneous data. The envisaged appygas portal would unify both the most up-to-date and historical information on all European gas flows, pipelines and storages. Ultimately, it had to help European gas traders and analysts identify trading opportunities, execute trades faster, as well as plan and calculate the cost of gas transportation based on the aggregated data’s analysis.

The appygas team was looking for a vendor who could demonstrate market knowledge and lead them through the development process. During an on-site pre-sale visit, the ELEKS team impressed appygas with their ability to instantly grasp their industry’s peculiarities and understand the drivers behind the project.

The solution
A portal that offers near real-time viewing of consolidated European gas market information
Right from the start, we really liked ELEKS' commitment and engagement. They came to us with their best people to try to understand our context, our business idea, and developed the first prototype with us. They were very professional and very customer oriented. I think, without ELEKS it probably would not have been possible to have such a successful product in such a short period of time.
Caroline Aumeran
Caroline Aumeran
Head of Product Development, appygas

appygas is a portal that provides its users with relevant European gas market data such as gas flows, use rates and network balances, maintenance schedules, hub and transport prices, all in one convenient place. The portal presents data in an appealing visual form making the gas market easy to understand.

The ELEKS team started working on the project by offering our client a free product design workshop. We aimed to analyse the idea behind the portal and think through the needs and possible barriers together with our client. The user experience was one of the project’s cornerstones. We focused on creating intuitive usability to facilitate platform adoption, as well as lucid visualisation tools to allow for easy comparisons of complex data.

The development team was staffed in just two weeks and immediately started delivering results. By establishing clear communication and reporting practices, we allowed our client to see the project’s progress and effectively mitigate potential risks and problems. The system was delivered against a challenging deadline of only four months, allowing the client to showcase the new digital experience at a highly reputed annual industry event.

In its current version, appygas integrates data from more than 35 independent data sources, with plans to move beyond 50. It has a set of inbuilt tools that normalise and transform the data, apply complex mathematical calculations and aggregation formulas to make the portal produce actionable outputs. appygas covers the gas markets of Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Great Britain, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and has the following functional modules: Route Calculator, Flow Maps, Maintenance Maps and Traders’ Forum.

The Results
appygas has modernised the way gas market data is presented and consumed

GRTGaz Deutschland was able to expand its business model and position itself as an innovative market leader. The appygas platform was well received by the target audience and earned excellent feedback from the first users.

The tool helps main market actors do their job more efficiently by providing the most current data for decision-making and strategic analysis.

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