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: 12th Jan 2016
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Gas Network Innovation Competition funding direction setting out the amounts to be raised through NTS Transportation Owner Charges in 2016/17 to cover the cost of this year’s successful projects.

  • Published: 1st Dec 2015
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This brochure describes the projects we have funded through this year's electricity and gas Network Innovation Competitions.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2015
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Our decision on which projects we will fund under the 2015 Gas Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 28th Jul 2015
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
This letter advises stakeholders that version 2.1 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: 25th Jun 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 8 Associated documents
This notice explains our proposed changes to the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) Governance Document.

  • 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.

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