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: 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.

  • 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.

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