Product and supplier information
Markets and customers
Our most important markets are the Netherlands and Germany. In addition, we transport gas to and from other countries. Our customers consist mainly of shippers, traders and directly connected parties (industries, distribution network operators, private network operators, foreign network operators, gas producers, operators of gas storage facilities and operators of LNG installations).
The most important bought-in commodities that enable us to deliver our services are the following:
- building, managing and maintaining the pipeline network and installations;
- the supply of materials for the purposes of building, managing and maintaining the pipeline network and installations; gas, electricity and nitrogen;
- facilities services and temporary staff.
Origins of raw materials, materials, products and services
Most of what we buy comes from the European Union. Broken down by country, 69% comes from the Netherlands, 27% from Germany, 2% from Belgium and 2% from other countries.
Transparency and integrity in supplier selection
Larger contracts are tendered in accordance with the regulations for European tendering procedures. The Dutch Public Procurement Act 2012 (special sector contracts), the Tendering Regulations for Utility Sectors 2016 and the Gasunie tendering regulations apply to these tendering procedures. The process that must be followed usually involves a selection of potential suppliers followed by the award of the contract to the supplier with the most attractive offer. In the selection phase, the potential supplier is asked to fill in and validly sign a Tenderer’s Statement. In this statement, the tenderer declares, among other things, that it does not participate in a criminal organisation, corruption, fraud, terrorist crimes, money laundering, child labour or other forms of human trafficking. Gasunie uses a standard Uniform European Tendering Document from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The tenderer must also be able to present a certificate of conduct for procurement, which is the certificate from the minister of Justice and Security stating that an investigation into the particular natural person or legal entity has not resulted in any objections to the particular party tendering for government contracts.
Due diligence is also conducted into the supplier’s solvency and the composition of its customer portfolio, to ensure that it is not unduly dependent on only one or just a few customers and to mitigate potential risks. Gasunie has a Code of Conduct for suppliers. Among other things, the Code covers safety, health and environmental matters. This Code of Conduct is in line with the Code of Conduct that applies to our own employees, and compliance with it forms part of the selection procedure for new suppliers. A list of references is also requested so that details can be verified.
After the potential supplier has been selected, audits are conducted in many cases, to test the supplier’s safety and quality performance. Integrity aspects can also be examined, in cases that arise.
The information exchange for the tendering procedures takes place transparently and traceably, and entirely electronically, through TenderNed and Ariba eSourcing.
After a contract has been established, Business Review Meetings are held on a regular basis, as well as specific audits if there is cause. In the event of persistent underperformance, cooperation with a supplier may be discontinued.
We divide our product and service groups into the following categories:
- Strategic: a product and/or service whereby stringent requirements are imposed on the supplier of the product and/or service, due to the risk of reputational damage and the costs of finding a new supplier.
- Critical: a product and/or service for which relatively less stringent requirements are imposed on the supplier of the product and/or service, due to the risk of reputational damage.
- Non-strategic/Non-critical: all other products and services are classified as non-strategic and non-critical.