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: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for ‘’H21’ from Northern Gas Networks.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for RRES – Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System from Southern Gas Networks and Scotland Gas Networks.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for New Nwy (New Gas) from Wales and West Utilities.

  • Published: 3rd Feb 2017
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
The submission deadline for this year’s Initial Screening Process will be 4 April 2017.

  • Published: 3rd Feb 2017
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 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 2017/18 and the amounts it will transfer to the companies implementing successful projects.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2016
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Our decision on which projects we will fund under the 2016 Gas Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2016
  • 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: 8th Jun 2016
  • Guidance
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the documents and guidance that Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2016 Gas NIC.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Haven Energy Bridge' from National Grid Gas Transmission.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'HyDeploy' from National Grid Gas Distribution.

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