In Great Britain SGN have a dedicated and established innovation team, managing ideas and opportunities from internal and external sources. These are evaluated, prioritised and converted into value proposition projects that align with the innovation strategy.
Upon completion of these funded projects, the team supports the implementation and execution of these new techniques, products or services within the business. Conversion of successful projects into the day to day running of the business is essential, as is developing a culture where innovatio n is embraced at every level of the business.
Through Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance (NIA), SGN funds smaller scale innovative projects that has the potential to deliver network benefits to their gas customers in Scotland and the South of England. This equates to 5% of SGN revenue which is approximately £5-6 million per annum. Details of NIA projects can be found on the ENA Smarter Networks portal.
The innovation team also bid for funding through the Network Innovation Competition (NIC). This is an annual competition to fund leading innovation projects that have the potential to deliver cost reductions, low carbon and environmental benefits to customers. Up to £18 million of funding is available per annum to competing gas network companies in Great Britain. Examples of leading NIC projects which SGN was awarded funding for are Oban, Robotics and Real-Time Networks.
SGN Natural Gas looks forward to delivering innovation projects in Northern Ireland that will improve efficiency that will benefit our customers and the environment.