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: 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.

  • 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.

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