Gas disconnection rip off

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I am all electric now and want to avoid the monthly standing order.

Has anyone in the South East had any success in getting gas removed at a reasonable cost ? Octopus told me to get my network operator SGN to cap off the gas before they will take the meter away.
SGN ( owned by the Toronto Teachers Pension Board ) want £1300 - £3500 to remove entire main from my property. They don't have a capping off option.

This is real monopoly abuse as many other gas networks will do for £95-£200. What have others paid for their disconnections?

Thanks


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  • MattMattMattUK
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    I am all electric now and want to avoid the monthly standing order.

    Has anyone in the South East had any success in getting gas removed at a reasonable cost ? Octopus told me to get my network operator SGN to cap off the gas before they will take the meter away.
    SGN ( owned by the Toronto Teachers Pension Board ) want £1300 - £3500 to remove entire main from my property. They don't have a capping off option.
    A friend wanted his gas disconnected as he got heat pumps and solar. The option was to wait six months then the supply would be capped and the meter removed, or pay for it to be done immediately. The cost to remove the main was not worth it as he was quoted thousands as it involved removing floorboards, digging up the garden, sealing walls again etc. 
    This is real monopoly abuse as many other gas networks will do for £95-£200. What have others paid for their disconnections?

    Thanks
    It is a monopoly but not an abuse, no other gas network will remove the main for £95-200, they will however cap off the supply. 
  • victor2
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    I am all electric now and want to avoid the monthly standing order.

    Has anyone in the South East had any success in getting gas removed at a reasonable cost ? Octopus told me to get my network operator SGN to cap off the gas before they will take the meter away.
    SGN ( owned by the Toronto Teachers Pension Board ) want £1300 - £3500 to remove entire main from my property. They don't have a capping off option.

    This is real monopoly abuse as many other gas networks will do for £95-£200. What have others paid for their disconnections?

    Thanks



    Ask your supplier if they'll refund the standing charge if you don't use any gas. I've heard of some doing so if it's a longer term arrangement. You'll then still have the meter there should you decide to use gas in the future, or sell the property.

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    Octopus was ‘capping off’ the supply after removing the meter for free. Clearly, the original gas connection remains in place. Having a meter in situ usually incurs a standing charge even if no gas is used.
  • dunstonh
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    This is real monopoly abuse as many other gas networks will do for £95-£200. What have others paid for their disconnections?
    You are joking when you say £95-£200 or did you drop a zero by mistake?

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