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I want to take gas on and off the transmission system where and when I want

In this section, we talk about your requirement to take gas on and off the system as and when you want to. We look at what’s important to you, the challenges ahead and potential costs. 

I want to take gas on and off the transmission system where and when I want 

A network and commercial framework that allows customers to take gas on and off the transmission system where and when they want, has many benefits for our customers and consumers of gas.

 We make it possible for a diverse range of supplies to come onto the network and this allows the cheapest sources of gas to reach the market, lowering energy costs for consumers and improving the security of supply.

As a joint transmission owner (TO) and system operator (SO), our activities under this priority include maintaining and operating our physical network, and the day-to-day processes that support the market.

We must avoid the serious consequences of a potential asset failure, such as an uncontrolled release of gas, fire, explosion or failing to deliver gas to consumers.

What have you told us?

For consumers of gas, reliable supplies are essential, whether it’s for heating, electricity generation or for operation of industrial processes. 

Consumers of large amounts of gas have told us that continuity of gas supplies is essential to avoid detrimental impacts on their business processes, finances and global reputations.

For some industrial consumers’ loss of gas supply would cause irreparable damage to facilities, potential closure and/or loss of employment.

Stakeholder feedback confirms that our customers want to be able to alter the location, volume and profile of their gas flows in response to prevailing market conditions.

What will we deliver?

We'll deliver world class levels of reliability. In RIIO-2, we'll need to take action to address the growing number of defects occurring as our assets age. If we don’t intervene our assets would move towards an unmanageable position and get significantly worse in RIIO-2 without intervention.

We'll address these issues by continuing to invest in a programme that will enhance resilience, stabilising risks on our network over a 10-year period and focussing on efficient asset management and system operation. This will ensure we maintain service levels for our customers. 

We've embedded the innovations developed through RIIO-1 into our plans and will continue to innovate utilising our world class asset management capability.

We've set a challenging 4% cost efficiency on our direct capital investment plan that we will set out to deliver in RIIO-2.

We'll invest in developing capabilities for our people and systems, to allow us to plan, maintain and operate our network and markets in the most cost-efficient way.

We'll cover five topics in detail:

  • asset health
  • asset management 
  • network resilience 
  • environmental resilience 
  • gas system operation.
What will it cost?

We'll spend £288m per year in RIIO-2, this compares to £201m per year during RIIO-1.

This equates to 48% of our totex spend.

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