Hit the gas: Revenue decline is anticipated to continue ahead of a new pricing framework

Operators in the Gas Distribution industry maintain a 284,000 km gas pipeline network across the United Kingdom. The industry is primarily comprised of four Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs), which operate monopolies across eight regions of Great Britain. To protect consumers, operators are heavily regulated through price control frameworks. 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.Industry revenue is expected to decrease at an estimated compound annual rate of 1% over the five years through 2018-19, including an expected decline of 0.9% in the current year, to total £4.1 billion...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£4.1bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-1.0%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
10,594
Businesses
14

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue is forecast to fall but innovation may benefit industry operators in the short term
  • Limited revenue allowances have contributed to lower household gas bills and declining revenue
  • The increasing number of smart meters is expectedto curtail demand for gas
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Gas Distribution industry has high barriers to entry. Every gas distribution network is essentially a natural monopoly in the area where it operates because the high cost of constructing a distribution infrastructure makes it uneconomic to lay multiple distribution networks in any one area. Because of their position as natural monopolies in a given geographic area, distribution companies are regulated to ensure that monopoly power is not abused, and consumers do not fall victim to overly high prices or inefficient delivery systems. Therefore, an extremely large barrier for prospective entrants is the requirement to secure a gas distribution licence. As ...purchase to read more.

    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 external (outsourcing) contracts
  • Ability to negotiate successfully with 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..

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    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

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Average maximum temperature
  • Consumer price index
  • Number of households
  • year bond rate
  • Downstream demand from manufacturing

  • Current Performance
  • Industry structure
  • Financial performance
  • Innovation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Renewable growth
  • Changes in the pipeline
  • Table: Gas Distribution Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Gas Distribution Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • 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
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Gas Distribution Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitDepreciationPurchasesWagesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Gas Distribution

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Gas Distribution Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Cadent Gas Ltd, Scotia Gas Networks Ltd, Wales & West Utilities Limited, Northern Gas Networks Ltd,
  • Table: Cadent Gas Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Scotia Gas Networks Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Wales & West Utilities Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Northern Gas Networks Ltd - financial performance

  • 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Gas Distribution Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    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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