Natural gas story

For those of you who are interested in the story of gas, you’re in for a treat. We have collated more information to supplement the information on the Cadent story wall. Have a read through the content below to get the finer details of our story.


Prime Minister Clement Atlee looks at modernising gas production and reducing competition - Heyworth Report help shape the Gas Act of 1948 Industry is nationalised; over a thousand private and municipal companies will be replaced by 12 regional boards. The Gas Board was formed.


On 1 May, the industry is nationalised, and the Gas Council is established.


The existing electricity network can’t meet consumers’ future demand. Work starts on a new 12-year project to create a 275kV supergrid – with new lines capable of carrying 400kV in the future.


National fuel policy calls for complete gasification of low-grade coal.


Parliament passes the Electricity Act, creating the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB). In popular terms, its aim is ‘to keep the lights on’ – something we still do today.

Clean Air Act encourages the use of smokeless fuels, boosting the popularity of gas fires, which are now much improved with the development of convector models.


The Gas Board still faced the old problem of rising coal prices. As a result, in the early 60s, oil-based gas-making processes began to be developed to replace coal.

The search for alternative fuels led to the first imports of liquefied natural gas, but it was the discovery of natural gas under the North Sea that was to transform the industry’s fortunes.

Of the total gas manufactured in the UK, 90% is still derived from coal and the search for alternative fuel supplies intensifies as coal prices continue to soar.

1967 – 1977

The cleanliness and cheapness of liquefied natural gas fuel made it very popular, and combined gas sales (domestic, commercial and industrial) more than trebled between 1967 and 1977.


CORGI (Confederation for the Registration of Gas Installers) established.


Polyethylene pipes first used to distribute gas.


New generation of attractive and efficient natural gas appliances now possible for consumers.