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 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.

  • Published: 29th Nov 2013
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
The Authority's decision outlining the projects it intends to fund under the 2013 Gas Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 1st Aug 2013
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter notes some concerns we have noted regarding the registration of NIA projects and reminds licensees it is their responsibility to comply with the NIA Governance Document.

  • Published: 10th Jul 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
We are pleased to announce the appointment of the Expert Panel members for this year’s innovation competitions we are running for energy network companies.

  • Published: 4th Jun 2013
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
This guidance note provides some additional information to the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) on the submission and assessment of the innovation strategy.

  • Published: 29th Apr 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from Scotland Gas Networks & Southern Gas Networks for the Gas Network Innovation Competition project Robotics.

  • Published: 29th Apr 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from National Grid Gas Distribution for the Gas Network Innovation Competition project Bio SNG Demonstration Project.

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