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Gas Distribution in the UK: Market Research Report

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Gas Distribution Market Research Report | SIC D35.220 | Jun 2016

High energy: Higher prices have supported an expansion in revenue in recent years

IBISWorld’s Gas Distribution market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
National Grid plc National Grid plc market share
Northern Gas Networks Ltd Northern Gas Networks Ltd market share
Scotia Gas Networks Ltd Scotia Gas Networks Ltd market share
Wales & West Utilities Limited Wales & West Utilities Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£4bn
Annual Growth 12-17
2.8%
Annual Growth 17-22
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Profit
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Employment
10,569
Businesses
12
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Rising prices have supported revenue growth despite a fall in the volume of gas consumed
  • Measures to improve efficiency have led to decreased wage costs and lowered employment levels
  • The industry could benefit from a rise in the importance of biogas over the next five years
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Gas distributors transport gas through over 282,000 kilometres of pipe to more than 21.5 million customers across the United Kingdom. The industry is heavily regulated to ensure that operators act in the interests of consumers. Gas distribution companies are subject to economic regulation through Price Control Reviews set by industry regulators. The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) is the regulatory body for Great Britain, while the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR) is the regulatory body for Northern Ireland... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Due to the nature of the Gas Distribution industry, operators carry out only one service and cannot be segmented along product or service lines.

Industry operators are responsible for taking gas from the high-pressure transmission system and distributing it to households and commercial and industrial premises through low-pressure networks. The distribution networks are split into regional systems. Since each industry operator has a regional monopoly, the industry is regulated to ensure that consumers receive a good service at a manageable price. The industry is regulated by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) in Great Britain and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR) in Northern Ireland.

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Additional Insights for the Gas Distribution Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Gas Distribution Industry are

  • Effective cost controls
  • Ability to manage outsourcing
  • Ability to negotiate successfully with the regulator
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Average maximum temperature and Consumer price index in the Gas Distribution industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more

     


    Industry ProductsRelated Reports

    What is the Gas Distribution Industry?

    Firms in this industry operate the low-pressure gas distribution mains that carry gas from high-pressure transmission pipelines to end users.

    Industry Products
    Gas distribution
     
    Industry Activities
    Operating low-pressure gas main distribution systems


    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Average maximum temperature
  • Consumer price index
  • Number of households
  • year bond rate
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing
  • Current Performance
  • The industry structure
  • Industry performance
  • Distribution and demand
  • New pipes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Renewed energy
  • Replacement works
  • Table: Gas Distribution Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Gas Distribution Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Accommodation and Food Service Activities
  • Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Consultant Engineering Services
  • Pipeline Transport
  • Products & Services
  • Gas distribution
  • Other
  • Chart: Gas Distribution Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Manufacturing and industrial premises
  • Commercial and government premises
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Gas Distribution Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Depreciation
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Gas Distribution
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Gas Distribution Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    National Grid plc
    Scotia Gas Networks Ltd
    Wales & West Utilities Limited
    Northern Gas Networks Ltd
  • Table: National Grid plc - financial performance
  • Table: Scotia Gas Networks Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Wales & West Utilities Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Northern Gas Networks Ltd - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Gas Distribution Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Gas Distribution Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Cathodic Protection
  • A technique used to control the corrosion of a metal surface.
  • Gd14 And Gd17
  • Gas distribution price controls enforced by NIAUR.
  • Northern Ireland Authority For Utility Regulation
  • The NIAUR is the industry regulator in Northern Ireland.
  • Office Of Gas And Electricity Markets (Ofgem)
  • The regulator of gas distributors in Great Britain. Ofgem sets the prices that distributors can charge for their services.
  • Riio-Gd1
  • The first gas distribution price control review to use the Revenue = Incentives+Innovation+Outputs model, enforced by Ofgem.

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