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: 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.

  • Published: 6th Mar 2015
  • Charts and data
  • 1 Associated documents
This is the proforma to be used by licensees wishing to make bids to the 2015 Gas Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 25th Feb 2015
  • Closed: 25th Mar 2015
  • Consultations and responses
  • 11 Associated documents
This notice explains our proposed changes to the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) Governance Document.

  • Published: 6th Feb 2015
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
This year the deadline for submissions to the Initial Screening Process of the Gas NIC is 7 April.

  • Published: 14th Jan 2015
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Gas Network Innovation Competition funding direction setting out the amounts to be raised through NTS Transportation Owner Charges in 2015/16 to cover the cost of this year's successful project.

  • Published: 24th Nov 2014
  • Factsheets
  • 1 Associated documents
This brochure describes the projects we have funded through this year's innovation competitions.

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