Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

The future of the UK gas network: infrastructure, new technologies and energy security

Morning, Thursday, 5th July 2018

Central London


This conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders to consider the future of UK gas infrastructure looking at potential upgrades and the decommissioning of old pipelines, system resilience and new technologies.

Following the sale of National Grid’s controlling stake in the UK’s gas distribution network and the formation of Cadent Gas, sessions examine the implications for future energy security and the maintenance of the UK’s gas network.

In light of the financial go ahead for projects such as H21 Leeds, delegates will also consider the supply of conventional gas, LNG and pipeline maintenance, as well as the role of new, unconventional gas sources - such as onshore shale gas, biogas, and hydrogen - in reducing the carbon footprint of the heat, power and transport sectors.

Attendees will also discuss the environmental challenges for gas and its interrelated role with renewable generation, as a base-load energy source. Delegates will therefore consider the role of gas powered generation in meeting the decarbonisation targets laid out in the governments Clean Growth Strategy.

Attendees will also consider issues around the planning guidance for fracking, in light of the current select committee inquiry.

Guest of Honour

Chris Train

Chief Executive, Cadent Gas

Guest of Honour

Chris Train

Chief Executive, Cadent Gas

Keynote Speakers

Professor Jim Watson

Director, UKERC

David Joffe

Acting Head of Carbon Budgets, Committee on Climate Change

Dan Sadler

H21 Programme Director, Northern Gas Networks


Chris Clarke

Director, Asset Management and HSE, Wales and West Utilities

Sam Bright

EU Energy and Coal Lawyer, Climate Litigation Team, ClientEarth

Nicola Pitts

Head of Market Change, Gas, National Grid

Chris Walters

Managing Consultant, Gas Strategies

Phillip Clisham

Chairman, Pipelines Industries Guild