This study brings together two strands of work within the ETI focused on understanding the cost and performance of energy infrastructure in the UK. On the one hand, the research projects undertaken by various teams looking at specific scenarios and innovations, and on the other, the Infrastructure Cost Calculator (ICC – formerly referred to as the Energy Infrastructure Outlook 2050 Cost Tool), an analysis tool based on an extensive database of energy infrastructure costs.
The research questions addressed can be divided into two broad categories:
Firstly, questions around the configuration and cost of representative (or ‘generic’) networks applicable to particular situations.
Secondly, questions around the potential impact of selected, identified innovations on specific types of network.
This report considers the research questions posed in relation to gas (Separate reports are available for heat, electricity and hydrogen). The work undertaken here made use of the first version of the ICC and as such also acted as a testing phase. Some issues arose in relation to the output of the tool particularly in respect of the treatment of operational and lifecycle costs. These findings are being fed into a parallel project to develop a second version.