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Document C2015/008/08

Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.7493 — National Grid/Elia/Nemo JV) — Candidate case for simplified procedure Text with EEA relevance

OJ C 8, 13.1.2015, p. 10–10 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)



Official Journal of the European Union

C 8/10

Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.7493 — National Grid/Elia/Nemo JV)

Candidate case for simplified procedure

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2015/C 8/08)


On 5 January 2015, the Commission received a notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking National Grid Interconnector Holdings Limited (‘National Grid’, United Kingdom) and Elia System Operator NV/SA (‘Elia’, Belgium) acquire within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) and Article 3(4) of the Merger Regulation joint control of Nemo Link Limited (‘Nemo’, United Kingdom) by way of purchase of shares in a newly created company constituting a joint venture.


The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

—   for National Grid: active in the operation of gas and electricity infrastructure in the United Kingdom and in the USA,

—   for Elia: active in the operation of electricity infrastructure in Belgium and Germany,

—   for Nemo: will be active in the development, construction and operation of an electricity transmission interconnector linking the electricity networks of Belgium and Great Britain.


On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the Merger Regulation. However, the final decision on this point is reserved. Pursuant to the Commission Notice on a simplified procedure for treatment of certain concentrations under the Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (2) it should be noted that this case is a candidate for treatment under the procedure set out in this Notice.


The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (+32 22964301), by e-mail to or by post, under reference number M.7493 — National Grid/Elia/Nemo JV, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘Merger Regulation’).

(2)  OJ C 366, 14.12.2013, p. 5.