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    • trogg
    • By trogg 3rd Jun 09, 6:03 PM
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    • #2
    • 3rd Jun 09, 6:03 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 09, 6:03 PM
    Can't help you annettetabs, but I'm very interested in what the answer is too, I bought a property to renovate last year with no gas meter but there was gas to the property.
    Not long after, I got a letter saying that because the property had been empty for so long (20 years) They would have to disconnect the supply from the road.
    I explained that I had just bought the property and I would need a meter fitted,but they went ahead anyway and disconnected me :confused:

    They say they can't use the original pipework so they will have to dig up the drive


    Have tried to get a quote from elsewhere ?

    http://www.nationalgrid.com/uk/Gas/Connections/CompetitiveQuotationForm/

    Might be worth a try
    • kai666
    • By kai666 3rd Jun 09, 10:01 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 09, 10:01 PM
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    • 3rd Jun 09, 10:01 PM
    In London I have been quoted £1070 by british gas, so £612 seems a bargain
  • bsg1
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    • 4th Jun 09, 8:44 AM
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    • 4th Jun 09, 8:44 AM
    Hi

    We were recently in the same position. There was a disconnected gas supply to the property and so we were told that a new pipe was needed. We were quoted a similar amount by National Grid and over £1500 by the suppliers who contacted in response to the form shown above.

    We then got a quote from National Grid with our own excavations. I ended up saving over £300 by digging an 18" deep trench 4 meters long myself. Not a bad saving for a morning's work!

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by bsg1; 04-06-2009 at 8:57 AM.
  • mishvw11
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    • 22nd Jun 09, 2:56 PM
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    • 22nd Jun 09, 2:56 PM
    Hiya,

    We have just bought an old 190's house with no gas and we were quoted approx £650 to dig up and install but changed our mind and got a friend to dig the hole saving £370! It only took him about 2 hours to do so well worth doing it yourself!

    Be prepared to wait a while though, it has taken us about 4 weeks to finalise the quote (because we asked for a new one without the digging) and we have been given a connection date today for 5 weeks time.

  • Pssst
    • #6
    • 22nd Jun 09, 3:07 PM
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    • 22nd Jun 09, 3:07 PM
    Under the old British Gas Corporation,you would have got your gas service free of charge,but thats privatisation and competition.

    If you see SID..tell him to FOAD
    • minibbb
    • By minibbb 22nd Jun 09, 4:50 PM
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    • 22nd Jun 09, 4:50 PM
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    • 22nd Jun 09, 4:50 PM
    Hi

    Im in the process of obtaining a new gas supply to my flat. Currently there is no gas in the block whatsoever.

    I have been quoted £398 to have a gas supply bought from 26m across the road (9m on public land, and 17m on the flat's front lawn). This price includes a semi concealed metre box installed in the flowerbed against the front of the building.

    The quote was from SGN (Scotia Gas Networks) and seems like a bargain to me considering it includes excavations etc. Guess it depends on where you are in the country but im in Sussex- Normally very expensive!

    Good luck!
    • Bexm
    • By Bexm 24th Jun 09, 1:45 PM
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    • 24th Jun 09, 1:45 PM
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    • 24th Jun 09, 1:45 PM
    We were quoted nearly £3000 for a few meters.. but got a few quotes from different companies.

    I can't rememeber who was the cheapest as we decided not to go ahead, but we got quotes from National Grid, and Fulcrum.. We called British Gas and they sorted out one of the quotes for us, but cant remember which..!

    There was a HUGE difference between the quotes so make sure you get more than one.
    • Bexm
    • By Bexm 24th Jun 09, 1:46 PM
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    • #9
    • 24th Jun 09, 1:46 PM
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    • 24th Jun 09, 1:46 PM
    Hi

    Im in the process of obtaining a new gas supply to my flat. Currently there is no gas in the block whatsoever.

    I have been quoted £398 to have a gas supply bought from 26m across the road (9m on public land, and 17m on the flat's front lawn). This price includes a semi concealed metre box installed in the flowerbed against the front of the building.

    The quote was from SGN (Scotia Gas Networks) and seems like a bargain to me considering it includes excavations etc. Guess it depends on where you are in the country but im in Sussex- Normally very expensive!

    Good luck!
    Originally posted by minibbb

    Wow you are soo lucky!! We were still quoted a fortune when we said we'd dig our own trench across our garden!
  • annettetabs
    Sorry its taken so long to update. £612 is standard price for our area with the work we require. National grid came last Wednesday and we now have a gas supply however we are still waiting as of today for them to reinstate the holes they have dug (one where our meter is, one on our side of the pavement, one on the pavement opposite (where the gas had to come from) and one in the middle of our road, luckily we are in a cul-de-sac, where they mole broke down that they were using and they had to dig it out)!! British Gas quoted us £720 including a meter and on the condition of moving our Electric and using them for Gas, we could have had a £400 rebate, but i passed on that lots of trouble with them as a supplier in the past. Eon have supplied our meter free of charge.

    Timescale was online quote recieved 3 June, payment recevied by them 22 June - installation date 15 July - not too bad
    Last edited by annettetabs; 22-07-2009 at 11:35 AM.
    • dda iawn
    • By dda iawn 4th Nov 10, 12:58 PM
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    I am going through this process now. It isn't as simple as I initially thought.

    Here (I live in Warwickshire) you go to national grid to get a connection. Between accepting the quote and the surveyor arriving should take no more than 20 working days. Our front door is 12m from the street and they quoted £659.

    Needless to say it has taken more than 20 working days for the surveyor to come. I only found out today that National Grid don't install meters so you need to go to a mains service provider to get them to install one. Normal civilians, gas safe or not, are not allowed to do this.

    Npower will only proceed once they have the MPRN (meter reference point number). National grid won't give me this until they get the results of the survey. My understanding is that once you get the date of the proposed installation, you share this with your provider and they install the meter ideally the day after national grid do their digging and pipelaying.

    Jiggling all of this with my plumber is making me think it'll be a month of Sundays before I get a warm house - currently it's just strorage heaters. Fingers crossed there's no snow on the way.
    Last edited by dda iawn; 04-11-2010 at 1:01 PM. Reason: added more detail about meter installation
  • bosseyed
    I paid around £550 (this is in Bristol) for a new gas connection to a new gas meter - for that Wales and West dug a ruddy great hole in the pavement, another by the front door where the new meter box went approx 5m from the pavement (they had to go down a hell of a way there.....) and moled the new gas line between the two following the line of an old, blocked and disused gas main that used to enter the property but was never connected up.

    So £612 doesn't seem too bad to me.
    • phill99
    • By phill99 4th Nov 10, 3:58 PM
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    Why drag up a post that is nearly 18 months old?
    Eat vegetables and fear no creditors, rather than eat duck and hide.
  • muskoka
    This is a mega interesting post as I'm shortly going to have gas supply laid to a property.
    • minibbb
    • By minibbb 26th Nov 10, 6:00 AM
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    Ive bought another flat in the block and the new gas supply is going to cost me £798, double the amount it cost me last year if you see my earlier post!!
  • Catherine_Johnson
    Why drag up a post that is nearly 18 months old?
    Originally posted by phill99

    Why not, if it's still relevant?
    • dda iawn
    • By dda iawn 22nd Dec 10, 7:01 PM
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    Just to report back. National grid finally coughed up £250 because they took so long to give me a date for connection. The process took the best part of 3 months and was nearly cancelled on the day because the team doing the digging didn't have the right signs and traffic lights dropped off. My advice would be when they ask you to confirm that you have no skips or scaffolding outside your place that you get them to confirm in return that they have the signs on order. If they had rescheduled the job there is no way I would have got gas installed this year. Whilst their terms and conditions do specify a maximum time for giving you a date for installation, they don't seem to set out how long you should have to wait for the digging to start. Their T & Cs are called business rules.

    Although national grid say they don't install meters (I had to order that separately from a gas provider), the bloke who installed it was driving a national grid van.
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