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Friday 31 March, 2017


Fleetwood gas entry point

RNS Number : 0784B
31 March 2017

31 March 2017


Ofgem proposes to reduce National Grid's allowance for its gas transmission price control


Ofgem has today proposed to reduce National Grid's allowance for its 2013-2021 gas transmission price control by £277.5 million. This funding relates to providing capacity for putting gas into the national high-pressure gas pipeline at the Fleetwood entry point in Lancashire.  


National Grid Gas Transmission's (NGGT) obligation to provide this capacity was originally triggered by a gas shipper which bid for the capacity in an auction. However, the shipper has since defaulted on payments and no longer has a right to the capacity. We are proposing to reduce NGGT's allowance otherwise customers will be charged for investment that has not been delivered.   

Ofgem is also consulting on removing National Grid's obligation to provide capacity at Fleetwood. This means that any gas shipper that wants to buy capacity there in future would have to purchase a minimum amount in one of the regular auctions that National Grid runs. This means that consumers would be better protected against the risk of paying for expensive network investment which is not needed.

Ofgem will make a final decision on the funding allowances, and on NGGT's capacity obligation this summer.






Notes to editors

1. A link to Ofgem's proposals is here:

2. More information on the price control is available here: 

3. About Ofgem


Ofgem is the independent energy regulator for Great Britain. Its priority is to make a positive difference for consumers by promoting competition in the energy markets and regulating networks.


For facts, figures and information about Ofgem's work, see Energy facts and figures or visit the Ofgem Data Portal


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