We won big in this year’s Network Awards 2020 by scooping three prestigious awards for ground-breaking energy projects.
We believe the gas networks have a vital part to play in the UK’s future low-carbon energy mix and we’re developing a decarbonisation pathway for the gas networks to become 100% low carbon. That’s why we’re thrilled to win three awards for three crucial projects which will help us on our drive towards net zero, while ensuring a safe and reliable energy supply for our 5.9 million customers across the south of England and in Scotland.
Cross Vector Project of the Year – East Neuk
Our East Neuk project is exploring the use of surplus renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen, which could then be used to heat homes and businesses in the East Neuk of Fife. Energy Futures Manager Colin Thomson said: "I’m delighted our East Neuk project has received such a prestigious award. It highlights how gas and electricity networks must work together to maximise local energy generation and distribution to deliver a low carbon future.
“This is testament to the collaborative work of our entire team and our partners, Scottish Power Energy Networks, E4Tech and Artelys.”
Innovation Project of the Year (Gas) – Real-Time Networks
Our Real-Time Networks project is developing the world’s first real-time gas demand network model, a critical step in our ambition to decarbonise our gas network. Project Manager Alexander Webb-Brown said: “It really is great for SGN to be recognised for the innovative work we are carrying out to ensure the gas network plays a key role in a low carbon energy future. The project represents years of hard work from a wide range of areas of the business.
“A big thanks to all those who have contributed to successfully delivering this potentially industry-changing project.”
The Real-Time Networks project was a double winner at the awards, also being recognised as highly commended in the Data Project of the Year category.
Engineering Project of the Year – Erskine Bridge
This complex infrastructure project was a major feat of engineering involving the construction of an almost 2km long pipeline under the River Clyde. Project Manager David Rae said: “I am honoured that this exciting project has received the industry recognition it deserves. It was a tremendous engineering challenge that was met, head on, by a hard-working team of dedicated professionals.
“My thanks also extend to those at the top of SGN who had faith in the engineers in our Major Projects (Scotland) team and believed in us to deliver this on their behalf. A huge well done and thank you to everyone involved.”
Alec Peachey, Editor of Network Magazine, said: “The Network Awards honours the amazing people, teams, projects and innovations that have helped shape the energy industry.”