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Gas Quality Focus Area

The Gas Quality Focus Area will consider how market rules may need to evolve to accommodate more diverse, low carbon gases into the GB gas system.

Gas Quality GMaP Project

The first Gas Market Plan (GMaP) gas quality project is called 'Implementing the proposed gas quality standards'. This project is looking how the process for changing gas quality limits at system entry points could be improved with a lens on future change over the next decade. The project will review the UNC rules for changing a gas quality parameter within a connection agreement, with the ultimate aim of recommending tangible market changes to the improve the current regime and highlighting triggers for future work.

To meet the objective of delivering additional low carbon gases to UK consumers, GS(M)R will need to change and evolve. However changing GS(M)R does not automatically mean those changes can be immediately accessed.  It is vital for industry to have clarity on how changes to gas quality ranges can be accessed in an efficient manner, taking into consideration operational, commercial and end user impacts.

The project has created an expert working group which meets monthly, it is made up of 11 different industry parties, from upstream, mid-stream and downstream and government. The working group is providing direction and support and has been instrumental in providing a broad range of stakeholder views.

The project is now in its final phase, with recommendations and a final project report due to be published early 2021.

For further information on the project and wider Gas Market Plan programme please see slides and webinar from the ‘Shaping the gas transmission system of the future’ event on 16th November.