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 May 2012
  • Closed: 27th Jun 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 12 Associated documents
This letter consults further on funding the cost of preparing submissions for the Network Innovation Competition.

  • Published: 21st Mar 2012
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document explains our decisions on two consultations on the high level policy aspects of the Network Innovation competition.

  • Published: 4th Jan 2012
  • Closed: 1st Feb 2012
  • Consultations and responses
  • 11 Associated documents
Asking for views on: breadth of network licensee participation in the competition and funding allowance for RIIO network licensees bid submission costs.

  • Published: 2nd Sep 2011
  • Closed: 17th Oct 2011
  • Consultations and responses
  • 11 Associated documents
This document sets out our decision on non-network company access to the Network Innovation Competition (NIC), as part of the RIIO price controls.

  • Published: 21st Jan 2011
  • Closed: 4th Mar 2011
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter seeks views on arrangements we should put in place to give third parties (non-network companies) access to funding aimed at stimulating innovation on Great Britain’s energy networks.

  • Published: 19th Nov 2010
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 2 Associated documents
As part of our open letter consultation of 12 October, Ofgem held a stakeholder event giving an overview of the RIIO Innovation Stimulus. This note summarises the key issues from group discussions and the wider debate.

  • Published: 12th Oct 2010
  • Closed: 23rd Nov 2010
  • Consultations and responses
  • 25 Associated documents
This letter sets out Ofgem’s thinking on the development of the gas and electricity stimuli, as part of the RIIO model.