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

This year’s Initial Screening Process deadline will be 3pm on Friday 29 March.

Publications and updates

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

  • Published: 24th Nov 2014
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
Our decision on which projects we will fund under the 2014 Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 11th Jun 2014
  • Other
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the proforma, spreadsheet and guidance that the Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2014 Gas NIC.

  • Published: 8th May 2014
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter is notice of our decision on the 21st Century Technical Standards project (TS21) submitted to the Initial Screening Process (ISP) for the Gas Network Innovation Competition (NIC).

  • Published: 8th May 2014
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter is notice of our decision to allow the ‘Optimising the Transportation of Shale and Other Unconventional Gases in the UK project’ (the Project), submitted to the Initial Screening Process (ISP) for the Gas Network Innovation Competition (NIC...

  • Published: 17th Apr 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission from Northern Gas Networks for Optimising the Transportation of Shale and other Unconventional Gases in the UK.

  • Published: 17th Apr 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission from National Grid Gas Transmission for In-line Robotic Inspection of High Pressure Installations.

  • Published: 11th Apr 2014
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
Screening submission from Northern Gas Networks for 21st Century Technical Standard Project.

  • Published: 4th Mar 2014
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Proforma for Initial Screening Process submissions to the 2014 Gas Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 13th Jan 2014
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Gas Network Innovation Competition funding direction setting out the amounts for the System Operator to include in its allowed revenues for 2014/15 and the amounts it will transfer to the companies implementing the winning projects.

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