The bulk of Britain’s gas supplies are transported around the country by the National Grid. But in some instances, the job is done by an independent gas transportation (IGT) firm, of which there are eight:
- GTC Pipelines
- Independent pipelines
- ES Pipelines
- Fulcrum Pipelines
- Indigo Pipelines Limited
- Energy Assets Pipelines Limited
- Murphy Gas Networks Limited
There is no difference to the type or quality of gas involved – it’s all the same stuff – and as IGTs are regulated by Ofgem, it should make no difference to how much your gas or electricity supplier will charge.
Am I served by an independent gas transporter?
An IGT is more likely to operate the gas distribution system if you live in a newer home that was built after 1995 when the market was opened up to competition. For example, IGTs frequently supply gas to modern housing developments because they offer competitive rates to house builders and developers to install a gas connection.
About one million customers are currently served by an IGT.
To make absolutely sure whether or not your gas is delivered by an IGT, you can look at the Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) on your gas bill. If the MPRN is 10 digits long and begins with 74, 75, 76 or 77 then you are supplied by an Independent Gas Transporter. Or you can call the Meter Point Administration Service on 0870 608 1524.
Will my gas cost more?
Gas from an IGT shouldn’t work out more expensive, thanks to Ofgem’s ‘relative price control’. Even though your utility firm has to pay the National Grid and the IGT, this works as a split of their total bill rather than an additional amount.
Switching with an independent gas transporter tariff
You are still able to switch suppliers if you are on an IGT tariff. After running a price comparison quote through our energy channel, it’s worth calling the supplier directly to find out if there are any additional charges for being an IGT customer. This will give you a more accurate indication of how much you could save with your new tariff, once you’ve factored in any fees you’ll have to pay when switching.