Oban project

We’ve trialled new variations of gas in Oban which could lead to lower prices and more secure gas resources if used throughout Great Britain. 

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Why Oban?

Oban has a number of special qualities which make it an ideal choice for this ground-breaking work.

  • The demographic profile and mix of business and residential property types in Oban closely mirrors that of Great Britain as a whole.  So the trial in Oban will reflect how the gas would perform nationally.
  • Oban has its own gas network, which is not attached to the national network.  It also has its own liquefied natural gas plant.  It’s easier to see how the gas will perform if we test it in a closed system.
  • Our Oban workforce live and work in the local community.  They have built great working relationships with our local customers and so we hope that the people of Oban will see the potential benefits and work with us to realise them.


What did we do in Oban?

We surveyed 100 premises in Oban to record details of gas appliances being used (i.e. boilers, gas fires and cookers) and carried out free visual gas appliance safety checks and provided free carbon monoxide detectors to thank people for their time. We've identified the six most common appliances for laboratory tests to see how different mixes of gas perform.


Results and documentation

The project completed in August 2016 and all the results have been positive. The detailed results can be found in the Final Report and a summarised version in the Executive Summary documents below.