Networks launch tender to look at the provision of temporary gas supplies to alleviate localised interruption

Energy Networks Association's (ENA) Gas Innovation and Governance Group is launching a tender process for a service provider(s) to provider to carry out an investigation into the regulatory and commercial framework, safety standards and technical issues that need to be considered fully to develop a suitable solution to the issues above by using bottled gas as a temporary substitute for mains gas.   

The project has been split into three main stages, some of which may be possible to consider concurrently, but it was agreed that without a suitable legal, regulatory and commercial regime, the technical investigation should not proceed.

Stage 1: to undertake a research project on the legal, regulatory and commercial issues restricting networks supplying small quantities of gas during its operations. Investigate if changes can be accommodated within the change to existing restrictions.

Stage 2: to undertake a due diligence investigation on safety requirements involved in networks temporarily supplying small number of consumers with bottled gas

Stage 3: to develop a technical solution that meets the regulatory, commercial and safety restrictions

For the project to be fully successful, a broad criteria has been established:

  • A workable legal and commercial framework that would allow networks to supply gas through existing metering arrangements,
  • A safety management procedure that all networks could adopt that would safely maintain customers gas appliances for a minimum time period during an emergency and planned disruptions, and
  • A cost effective method of providing a temporary gas supply to customers with minimal disruption.

The invitation to tender document can be found here.

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Notes to editor:

  1. Energy Networks Association (ENA) represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland. In 2010 the ENA gas distribution members commissioned Redpoint Consulting to undertake a long-range scenario-based modelling study of the future utilisation of gas out to 2050, and the consequential impacts of this for gas networks.
  2. If you would like any further information, or to submit a response to the invitation to tender for this study please contact Clare Cantle-Jones, [email protected], + 44 (0) 20 7706 5150.

All responses to this Invitation to Tender must be received by 23 April 2014