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 2018 Competition

On 3rd August, we received the following submission to the Full Submission stage of the 2018 Gas NIC, which will now be considered for funding:

Hydeploy2 (Cadent)

This project aims to enable the deployment of hydrogen blended with natural gas in Great Britain’s gas distribution network. If funded, the project will develop the evidence base for transporting blended hydrogen through trials on two public gas networks. This project aims to enable the deployment of hydrogen blended with natural gas in Great Britain’s gas distribution network. It will also develop a full deployment plan for hydrogen blending on the gas network based on these trials.

Publications and updates

  • 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.

  • Published: 27th Apr 2018
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
2018 Gas NIC ISP submission for 'Hydeploy2' from Cadent.

  • Published: 30th Jan 2018
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Initial Screening Process pro forma for Electricity and Gas Network Innovation Competition

  • Published: 22nd Jan 2018
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
The Gas Network Innovation Competition Funding Direction setting out the amounts for the System Operator to include in its allowed revenues for 2018/19.

  • Published: 18th Dec 2017
  • Closed: 19th Jan 2018
  • Consultations and responses
  • 2 Associated documents
Statutory consultation to insert the Network Innovation Competition licence condition into Fulcrum Pipelines Limited’s Gas Transporter licence.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2017
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
Our decision on which projects we will fund under the 2017 Gas/ Electricity Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This brochure describes the projects we have funded through this year's Electricity and Gas Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 20th Jul 2017
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document sets out our assessment of each Project’s Successful Delivery Reward application and the consequential award.

  • Published: 14th Jul 2017
  • Guidance
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the documents and guidance that Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2017 Gas NIC.

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