Nov 2014
Gas Distribution
Real-Time Networks Feasibility Study
Nov 2014
Mar 2015
Alexander Webb - Project Manager
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Network Innovation Allowance
GD - Future of gas
Gas Distribution Networks
The project, consisting of parallel feasibility studies, seeks to establish the requirements of implementing a Real-Time Network within SGN’s networks and subsequently, following a successful NIC project, the rest of GB. As part of the NIA project, the feasibility studies will be assessed, both internally and independently with the preferred approach advising a NIC bid submission.

The studies will consist of assessment of areas of current business as usual practices as well as a view of required practices for both pre and post implementation.

This project seeks to achieve the  following outcomes:

  • A clear review of current legislation and documentation
  • A completed review of previous projects in relevant areas
  • Analysis of potential trial sites across SGN’s supply zones
  • Identification of potential tech providers
  • Review of IT infrastructure and outline requirements for NIC
  • Stakeholder engagement plan
  • Production of a cost benefit analysis

Following completion of the above stages a review process will be completed both internally by the project steering group and by an independent assessor.

The success of this project will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Two feasibility studies into Real-Time Networks consisting of:

  • Identification of relevant legislation to be considered in NIC bid process

  • A view of relevant past projects to feed into a Real-Time Network

  • Recommendation of sites to trial a Real-Time Networks within SGN’s licensed supply areas

  • Guide of recommended tech partners to provide sensor and metering solutions

  • Outline of IT infrastructure requirements

  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan

  • CBA

  • Analysis concluding the preferred method to take forward to an NIC bid submission in 2015