Crown Gas & Power Siteworks Manager Jeanette McLaren explains some of the most commonly used phrases in the process in plain English so the next time you’re asked about your gas or are confused by an inlet or ECV, you’ll know what you need to get you by.
The UK’s gas is transmitted via the gas distribution network, which consists of gas stored in pipes spanning across thousands of miles in the UK. The gas distribution network is split into four ownership groups across the UK:
These companies take gas from the high-pressure transmission system and distribute it through medium and low-pressure network pipes to customers to make sure your business get the right pressure gas it needs – whether to boil water or fuel large machinery.
*GTI surveys are a request for Gas Service Pipe Pressure and Capacity Information. If you intend to increase the volume of gas to your property, a GTI will be required to check if the current service is adequate or if an upgrade to your service is required.
Gas is transported from the network via a supply pipe to your meter. Here are some important terms used at this stage of connection installations:
A gas meter tracks the amount of gas that passes through to fuel your business. They are supplied in many sizes and it is important that your business has the correct meter size as you could be paying a higher standing charge for a gas meter that you don’t need.
Emergency Control Valve (ECV)
The safety mechanism on the supply pipe fitted to all gas pipe installations – its purpose is to control the flow of gas. You’ll find it where the pipe meets the gas meter.
Put simply, the inlet pipe is the pipe that connects the gas network to your meter.
The outlet pipe connects your meter to your appliances.
Our Siteworks team is on hand to explain any of the above terms in more detail if you need, or to help you work out if you have the right size gas meter for your business get in touch with the team today.