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.

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: 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.

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

  • Published: 9th Mar 2016
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Decision that Southern Gas Networks (SGN) Robotics Project funded under the Gas Network Innovation Competition (NIC) should continue beyond the Element 4 Conceptual Design Phase.

  • Published: 1st Mar 2016
  • Closed: 29th Mar 2016
  • Consultations and responses
  • 10 Associated documents
In this open letter consultation, we propose licence changes to add a new category ‘Returned Project Revenues’ to the Network Innovation Competition’s Funding Return Mechanism.

  • Published: 8th Feb 2016
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
The submission deadline for this year’s Gas Network Innovation Competition (NIC) Initial Screening Process will be 13 April 2016.

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