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Unidentified Gas (UIG) ‘Task Force’ gets the Go Ahead

Xoserve is pleased to confirm that Ofgem has approved UNC Modification to provide the funding, support and mandate for Xoserve to investigate the root causes and influencers of UIG, with a target of reducing its volatility and scale and to develop a robust predictive model for daily UIG for use by all customers.

Now that the Modification is approved we can share that, to date we have:

  1. Conducted a thorough scan of the market, identifying companies with sufficient depth of analytical capability that it can meaningfully augment our own
  2. Conducted a procurement process to enable the selection of a preferred partner
  3. Notified the preferred partner and started the contracting process, which we aim to complete by the end of July
  4. Identified all of the internal Xoserve resource which needs to be seconded onto the task-force and started the process of backfilling where required
  5. Identified how work and resources should be structured to best achieve the overarching goals
  6. Set-up internal governance

As a result we are on track for the new UIG Task Force to be mobilised by 1st August, and will be issuing a progress update, week commencing 30th July. Following that we will provide a progress update on our website monthly, as well as ad-hoc updates as we make notable progress or require industry input. CEO Sian Jones explained our approach, “We will be following an agile sprint methodology, with the scope of the first sprint being made clear in our initial communication.”

“Reducing UIG volatility is an extremely complex industry challenge, which has proven to be resistant to traditional techniques. We recognise that deployment of advanced analytics will be new to some of our customers and such techniques are hard to track through traditional project reporting approaches and the end-result is not guaranteed.” She added “Our emphasis will be on quality reporting, absolute transparency and careful management of industry expenditure. Customers will have the opportunity to reflect on whether our new approach is working at regular intervals, and as part of Change Management Committee through the remainder of this year.”

Xoserve would like to thank our customers for putting their faith in us and we look forward to sharing our progress with you over the coming months.

Further information on Unidentified Gas can be found on the UIG Page.

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