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: 29th Apr 2013
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  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from Wales and West Utilities for the Gas Network Innovation Competition project Clean Energy Balance.

  • Published: 29th Apr 2013
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  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from National Grid Gas Transmission for the Gas Network Innovation Competition project VECTOR.

  • Published: 29th Apr 2013
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  • 1 Associated documents
Screening submission from Northern Gas Networks for the Gas Network Innovation Competition project Low Carbon Gas Pre-heating.

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

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

  • Published: 20th Mar 2013
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  • 1 Associated documents
See the proforma used by licensees wishing to make bids to the Gas Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 11th Feb 2013
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
This document contains all the regulation, governance and administration of the gas NIC.

  • Published: 10th Jan 2013
  • Consultations and responses
  • 28 Associated documents
This letter summarises the responses we received to our October consultation on the Network Innovation Competition and Network Innovation Allowance governance documents.

  • Published: 10th Oct 2012
  • Closed: 21st Nov 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 9 Associated documents
We have developed draft versions of the NIC and NIA governance documents which we are informally consulting on.

  • Published: 13th Aug 2012
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
This letter contains our decision on funding the cost of preparing submissions for the Network Innovation Competition, as well as on the detailed governance of the Network Innovation Allowance.

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