GTC History

GTC commenced operations in the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) sector, designing and installing metered LPG networks for developments in locations outside the natural gas supply area, throughout the UK

With deregulation of the natural gas transportation market, GTC successfully secured a license as a Public Gas Transporter (PGT).

GTC became the first IGT since deregulation to install a new natural gas distribution network to serve a complete village. The village, Papworth Everard near Cambridge, is home to the famous Papworth Hospital and Trust who welcomed the availability of this less expensive and more efficient fuel.

GTC expanded to include the non-domestic development sector (industrial and commercial), successfully securing contracts to serve major developments around the UK.   Acquired gas networks from Eastern Pipelines Limited.

By 2002 GTC had successfully installed 2,500 networks, laid in excess of 700 kilometres of pipeline, connected 100,000 customers and transported over 2.4 billion kW/h of gas per annum.

GTC achieved the Lloyds Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS) accreditation for Design, Project Management and Audit. This ensures infrastructure is built to gas industry standards, to provide safe and secure gas supplies.

Transco final connections agreement signed enabling live connections to Transco mains to be made by GTC in all but the highest-pressure categories and unusual material cases.  GTC acquired gas networks from Scottish Power and Mowlem Energy, adding over 56,000 household connections to GTC's portfolio.   The new GTC headquarters opened in Woolpit, Suffolk.

GTC responsible for a further 26,000 household connections via the acquisition of Utility Grid Installations Ltd.

The Gas and Electricity Markets Authority grants GTC’s subsidiary business, The Electricity Network Company Limited, an electricity distribution licence” extending GTC’s energy network provision capability to increase electricity as well as gas throughout mainland UK.

Priestley Road, Bournemouth, GTC's first electricity site successfully energised. Launch of GTC in-house construction department to install our networks, providing essential accountability and continuity for house builders.

GTC reached another milestone of 500,000 homes and commercial premises contracted or connected to a GTC network.

GTC obtained NERS accreditations in Project Management and Design. NERS is a Lloyds Registered scheme for designing and constructing electricity infrastructure ensuring high technical, quality and safety standards are met.  We also obtained partial WIRS accreditation to enable us to launch the GTC Multi Utility package.

In March, GTC acquired Power On Connections - the UK’s leading independent electricity connections provider. Power On Connections provides electricity infrastructure for new connections on complex high voltage projects that traditionally could only be undertaken by the host incumbent Distribution Network Operator (DNO).  For more information please see Power On Connections.

Following our successful water market entry in 2008 based on our partial WIRS (Water Industry Registration Scheme) accreditation for construction, GTC was awarded full WIRS. This is recognised by all water utilities and Water UK, and compliments the accreditations for gas and electricity GTC already held, and represents the same high standards for quality and safety.   With GIRS, NERS, and WIRS GTC can offer a full Multi Utility provision, and is listed as a Multi Utility provider on the Lloyd’s Register.

GTC worked closely with Ofgem to overcome the issue of electricity boundary metering and has actively contested the 2005 ruling as a barrier to true competition. The requirement to install boundary metering on IDNO networks was removed in April 2010.

GTC is always investigating new technological solutions which will support house builders and developers to achieve their environmental obligations working towards the challenging government target of zero carbon homes in 2016.  With this in mind GTC has increased the product range by offering new renewable solutions

  • Gas SMART meters on our networks.
  • Solar Photovoltaics (PV) system.

Installed Solar PV system at Zest, Coventry for David Wilson Homes.  GTC’s own qualified team carried out the UK’s first low voltage self connection on a development in Burnley at the start of November 2011

GTC reached milestones of installing our 1,500th smart enabled meter and made the 500,000th connection onto our utility networks.  We were also pleased to become a CHAS (The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) registered company. 

In August 2012, GTC made the first high voltage electricity connection by an IDNO to a DNO network at a development in Cambridge.

From the 4th February GTC is responsible for operating the gas and electricity assets of Inexus and of the delivery of the on-going construction of these networks on behalf Connect Utilities Ltd. 

In April, GTC pioneered a new legal process for energisation connections between our network and the incumbent electricity company.  The industry improvement known as ‘incorporated’ legal process was supported by Ofgem. In November we completed installing electricity infrastructure across the grounds of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, powering the new development Great Kneighton.

GTC successfully partnered with Sky to provide customers on our fibre to the home networks with Free Sky TV for 12 months*.  During the summer we officially launched our fastest-ever broadband service of 300Mbps.

This year GTC is celebrating 20 years delivering utility infrastructure to the new-build market.  We increased the choice for consumers on our fibre to the home networks, Direct Save Telecom, an Independent Internet Service Provider (ISP) who offer a range of services.

BUUK Infrastructure (GTC’s parent company) recognised by its employees as a Great Place to Work® and ranked as one of the highest new entrants in the Large Best Workplaces™ Category. 

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