All gas in the UK passes through National Grid’s national transmission system on its way to consumers. As the sole owner and operator of gas transmission infrastructure in the UK, we work with other companies to ensure that gas is available where and when it’s needed.
In the UK, gas leaves the transmission system and enters the distribution
networks at high pressure. It is then transported through a number of reducing
pressure tiers until it is finally delivered to consumers. There are eight
regional distribution networks, four of which are owned by National Grid.
Gas is owned by your gas supplier, however, National Grid is responsible for this gas whilst it is being transported.
Our UK distribution networks deliver gas to around 10.9 million
There are four main elements:
Gas producers and importers sell gas to licensed shippers who then own the gas as it travels through the transmission and distribution networks.
Shipping involves buying gas from the producers, arranging for it to be conveyed to supply points (via our NTS) and selling it to gas suppliers. We are not a gas shipper.
Shippers pay us to run their gas through our national transmission network and LNG importers pay for the right to land LNG at our importation terminals.
Shippers also pay National Grid and other gas distribution network operators to transport their gas to homes and businesses. These charges are passed on to consumers and reflect the cost of building, maintaining and operating the networks and running a 24-hour gas emergency helpline.
Gas consumers – homes and businesses throughout the UK – have many gas supply companies to choose from. The supply companies pay the gas shippers who buy gas and arrange for it to be transported.
Gas Distribution Connections
National Grid provides a number of different services for both domestic and commercial properties.
Gas Transmission Connections
New connections to the high pressure national gas transmission system (NTS).