Gas Network Innovation Competition

As part of the RIIO price controls we introduced the Gas Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

The Gas NIC is an annual opportunity for Gas network companies to compete for funding for the development and demonstration of new technologies, operating and commercial arrangements. Funding will be provided for the best innovation projects which help all network operators understand what they need to do to provide environmental benefits, reduce costs, and maintain security of supply as Great Britain (GB) moves to a low carbon economy. Up to £20 million per annum is available through the Gas NIC.

The 2019 Competition

We received two submissions to this year’s Gas NIC Initial Screening Process.

The following project will be allowed to proceed to Full Submission:

H21 - Northern Gas Networks

This project aims to expand the safety-based evidence for 100% hydrogen conversion in the below 7 bar GB gas distribution network. 

The following project was not eligible to proceed to Full Submission:

Captivate - National Grid Gas Transmission

This project intends to develop a large scale demonstrator to evaluate a process to capture emissions from a NG Compressor Site, combining with waste material from the chlorine industry and “locking” the emissions into a mineral rock which has uses in the aggregate and building industries. The project will tackle all technical challenges and build on the work of an NIA (planned Q1 2019) and a potential BEIS funded project.

This year’s Full Submission deadline will be 3pm on Monday 29 July.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 30th Jul 2019
  • Decisions, Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
See our assessment of each project’s Successful Delivery Reward application and the consequential reward.

  • Published: 29th May 2019
  • Guidance
  • 3 Associated documents
This is the Guidance, pro forma and spreadsheet that applicants should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2019 Gas NIC.

  • Published: 30th Apr 2019
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for the project "H21" from Northern Gas Networks.

  • Published: 30th Apr 2019
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Initial Screening Submission for project "Captivate" from National Grid Gas Transmission.

  • Published: 26th Feb 2019
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
See version 3.0 of the Initial Screening Process pro forma for Electricity and Gas Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 11th Jan 2019
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This direction sets out the amount that National Grid Gas Plc (Transmission) can recover from its customers in relation to the NIC.

  • Published: 29th Nov 2018
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This brochure describes the projects we have funded through this year's Gas and Electricity Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 29th Nov 2018
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
Our decisions on which projects we will fund under the 2018 Gas and Electricity Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 31st Jul 2018
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document sets out our assessment of each Project’s Successful Delivery Reward application and the consequential award.

  • Published: 5th Jun 2018
  • Guidance
  • 3 Associated documents
These are the proforma, spreadsheet and guidance that the Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2018 Gas NIC.

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