Since the 1990s, XoServe has been the administrator of the UK’s gas network through their centralised UK Link system. In anticipation of the widespread roll-out of smart and advanced meters, it became evident that the Link System wasn’t going to be able to adequately process the data flow brought about by this and an upgrade would be necessary for the effective administration of critical functions within the network. This pivotal upgrade is called Project Nexus and it was successfully completed on 1 June 2017.
Although the changeover from old system to new passed by between 23 and 31 May largely without incident, it is the long-term benefits of this infrastructural change that stand to be felt on the ground over time. Overseen by industry regulators, Ofgem and PwC, these bodies were tasked with managing the change to ensure the new system met industry requirements, there was a positive customer experience, it was stable and sustainable..
Within the network’s geographical regions, where mains gas is unavailable, these networks are maintained by independent gas transporters. Previously faced with the challenge of an inability to share information, these IGTs are now able to communicate more clearly with suppliers, resulting in expedited processes.
Settlement procedures are another key area standing to benefit from the changes. As gas shippers update their systems to be in line with Project Nexus, more frequent meter reads will be used within the settlement process. As the change in calculation of unidentified gas is implemented, fairer and predictable invoicing by suppliers – together with the new AQ process and the new settlement classes – are notable changes within this area.
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