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: 17th Jun 2015
  • Guidance
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the proforma, spreadsheet and guidance that the Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2015 Gas Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

  • Published: 29th May 2015
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter updates stakeholders on our intent to amend the Network Innovation Competition Governance Documents.

  • Published: 20th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter explains our decision on “The Islay Natural Gas Project” submission to the 2015 Gas NIC.

  • Published: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Real-time Networks' from Scotia Gas Networks.

  • Published: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Power-to-Gas for Large Scale Energy Storage Applications Project (P2G-LEAP)' from National Grid Gas Distribution.

  • Published: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'A New Approach to NTS Connections' from National Grid Gas Transmission.

  • Published: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'City CNG' from Northern Gas Networks.

  • Published: 8th May 2015
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission for 'Commercial BioSNG Demonstration Plant' from National Grid Gas Distribution.

  • Published: 2nd Apr 2015
  • Decisions
  • 5 Associated documents
This letter advises stakeholders that the second version of the NIC Governance Documents have come into force. It also describes the main changes we have made since we consulted on the documents.

  • Published: 20th Mar 2015
  • Closed: 16th May 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
Letter seeking views on the level of interest payments received by licensees implementing Low Carbon Networks Fund.

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