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.

Through the 2019 process, we awarded one gas NIC project: . NGN's H21 Phase 2.You can read more about the project in the 2019 Funding Decisions, available below. 

The 2020 Competition

The Initial Screening Process for the 2020 NIC has now concluded.

The following projects have passed the ISP, and will proceed to the Full Submission stage.

The Full Submission deadline is 5pm on 31st July.

H100 Fife (SGN)

The project aims to construct a new end-to-end distribution network to test hydrogen from production to use in real consumer homes, with the opportunity for customers to opt-in to live trials.

HyNTS (National Grid Gas)

The project aims to test transmission network assets with flows of hydrogen blends between 20-100% at transmission pressures for the first time.  The project intends to work in conjunction with Northern Gas Networks’ ongoing H21 project at Spadeadam.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 5th May 2020
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Submission to the 2020 Initial Screening Process (ISP) for project "HyNTS" by National Grid Gas.

  • Published: 5th May 2020
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Submission to the 2020 Initial Screening Process (ISP) for project "H100 Fife" by SGN.

  • Published: 6th Mar 2020
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
See our pro forma to be used for all submissions to the Network Innovation Competition's Initial Screening Process. This template has been updated ahead of the 2020 NIC process.

  • Published: 30th Jan 2020
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 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. It also specifies the net amounts to be transferred between NGG and other gas network licensees in relation to their NIC...

  • Published: 29th Nov 2019
  • Decisions, Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
Our decisions on which projects we will fund under the 2019 gas and electricity Network Innovation Competitions.

  • 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.

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