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 following projects have passed the initial screening process and are now eligible for the full submission stage of the 2017 Gas NIC:
H21 (Northern Gas Networks)
This project aims to provide safety based evidence for using 100% hydrogen in assets representative of the network after the completion of the iron mains replacement programme. The safety evidence produced could be used to support the case for a UK hydrogen conversion.
RRES - Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System (Southern Gas Networks and Scotland Gas Networks)
This project will develop a Robotic Roadworks & Excavation System (RRES) which will use advanced robotics and Artificial Intelligence to lower the cost and improve the efficiency and safety of utility excavations.
Tain Innovative Gas Grid (Fulcrum Pipelines)
This project will supply compressed natural gas (CNG) to a new standalone low pressure network to consumers in Tain, Scotland, which is not connected to the gas grid.