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 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.

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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