Gas Network Innovation Competition

As part of the RIIO-GD1 and RIIO-T1 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, cost reductions and 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 2017 Competition

The deadline for full submissions was 7 August 2017. We received three submissions for the 2017 Gas NIC seeking a total of £21.8m. We will announce which projects we have approved for funding in November 2017:

H21 (Northern Gas Networks)

The project will provide quantified safety based evidence to confirm the gas distribution networks of Great Britain are suitable to transport 100% hydrogen. The evidence produced will be used to support the case for a GB hydrogen conversion.

RRES - Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System (Southern Gas Networks and Scotland Gas Networks)

The project aims to develop a Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System, which will use advanced robotics and Artificial Intelligence to lower the cost and improve the efficiency, safety and environmental impact of utility excavations and activity.

Tain Innovative Gas Grid (Fulcrum Pipelines)

This project aims to deliver Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and biomethane via a new gas network to the community of Tain in northeast Scotland. The new network would not be connected to the GB gas grid as Tain is too far away for a conventional connection to be economic.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 20th Jul 2017
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document sets out our assessment of each Project’s Successful Delivery Reward application and the consequential award.

  • Published: 14th Jul 2017
  • Guidance
  • 4 Associated documents
These are the documents and guidance that Network Licensees should use when completing their Full Submissions for the 2017 Gas NIC.

  • Published: 30th Jun 2017
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
This notice explains our decision on proposed changes to version 3.0 of the Network Innovation Competition (NIC) Governance Document.

  • Published: 4th May 2017
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter explains our decision on Wales & West Utilities’ “New Nwy (New Gas)” submission to the 2017 Gas NIC ISP.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for ‘Tain Innovative Gas Grid’ from Fulcrum Pipelines.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for ‘’H21’ from Northern Gas Networks.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for RRES – Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System from Southern Gas Networks and Scotland Gas Networks.

  • Published: 21st Apr 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
NIC ISP screening submission for New Nwy (New Gas) from Wales and West Utilities.

  • Published: 3rd Feb 2017
  • Guidance
  • 0 Associated documents
The submission deadline for this year’s Initial Screening Process will be 4 April 2017.

  • Published: 3rd Feb 2017
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
The Gas Network Innovation Competition funding direction setting out the amounts for the System Operator to include in its allowed revenues for 2017/18 and the amounts it will transfer to the companies implementing successful projects.

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