Consultation for Ireland/Northern Ireland - Synchronous Area Operational Agreement (SO GL art.118) and LFC block operational agreement (art.119)

Closed 8 Nov 2018

Opened 8 Oct 2018


This consultation concerns the EirGrid and SONI proposals relevant to Ireland and Northern Ireland for the Synchronous Area Operational Agreements (SAOA) and the LFC Block Operational Agreements (LFCBOA). These have been developed in accordance with Articles 118 and 119 respectively of the Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1485 of 2 August 2017 establishing a guideline on electricity transmission system operation (SOGL).

SOGL requires that TSOs of each synchronous area responsible for operating load frequency control and reserves, which for Ireland is EirGrid, and for Northern Ireland is SONI, should develop SAOA and LFCBOA.

The SAOA and LFCBOA are contained in two respective documents with text relative to the legal articles.  These documents aim at presenting operational rules from Ireland and Northern Ireland according to the pan-EU framework, thereby facilitating greater cross-border cooperation in matters of security and the development of cross-border balancing services in terms of sharing and exchange of reserves.

Why your views matter

SOGL Articles 118 and 119 methodologies that are also referenced in SOGL articles 6(3)(d), 6(3)(e) and article 11 must have a statutory public consultation prior to National Regulatory Authority approval.  These are Title 2 Articles in the SAOA and LFCBOA documents.

Supplementary Consultation Opportunity

A stakeholder forum is being held to provide updates on the European Network Codes (for electricity) & related consultations.

The forum will be held on Monday 22nd October 2018 in Belfast (venue TBC).

This forum will provide stakeholders with opportunities to engage directly with EirGrid and SONI in relation to the Ireland and Northern Ireland - Synchronous Area Operational Agreement and LFC Block Operational Agreement

Please use the online registration page to register before 20th October 2018.


  • Stakeholder Forum - Belfast

    From 22 Oct 2018 at 10:00 to 22 Oct 2018 at 14:30

    Registration by 20 October 2018 -


  • ENTSO-E stakeholders


  • System Operations Code