Who pays for what?
Gas producers and importers sell gas to licensed shippers who then own the gas as it travels through the network of transmission and distribution pipes.
Shipping involves buying gas from producers, arranging for it to be conveyed to supply points via the NTS (National Transmission System) and selling it to gas suppliers. We are not a gas shipper.
Shippers pay National Grid to run their gas through the national transmission network and LNG importers pay for the right to land LNG at the importation terminals.
Shippers also pay National Grid and other gas distribution network operators to transport their gas to homes and businesses. These charges are passed on to consumers and reflect the cost of building, maintaining and operating the networks and running a 24-hour gas emergency helpline.
Gas consumers – homes and businesses throughout the UK – have many gas supply companies to choose from. The supply companies pay the gas shippers who buy gas and arrange for it to be transported.