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.

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: 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.

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

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

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

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