Checking the state of the domestic gas system is one of the first things to do when you have bought a house and are preparing to move. Without a compliant and fully functional system, it will be difficult for you to complete the move and move into your new home.

Checking the necessary forms, however, you realized that you don't know how to move. You don't know if you have to make the connection, ask for an initial activation, takeover or transfer. Above all, you have not understood what are the times necessary for the connection or the first activation, in order to calculate when you can start moving.

In the following paragraphs you will find all the information you need: we will explain the differences between connection, initial activation and takeover; how to do it and costs and times for connection or first activation.

Connection, first activation and takeover: the differences

Understanding the differences between gas connection, initial activation and takeover is not very complicated. On the contrary: a very simple check will be enough to understand if you need to make a connection, an initial activation or a takeover.

  • gas supply connection. When we talk about connection we refer to the operation that allows you to connect your home to the distribution system (the methane pipeline). In fact, with the connection the gas pipe is brought up to the threshold of the house. Obviously, the plant is not yet operational, but the preparation has been created for it to work;
  • first gas activation. With the first gas activation, the supplier (or the area distributor, should you decide to go to his offices to request it) requests the distributor to install the meter, thus connecting the domestic system to the gas distribution network;
  • takeover/transfer. The meter is already present, but may have been "closed" by the previous tenant. In this case it will be necessary to take over the user. If, on the other hand, the counter is active and "open", a transfer will suffice.

How to connect Enel gas

If you are buying a new house and there is still no connection between the domestic system and the distribution network, you will need to ask for a gas connection. How to connect the gas? You can request it directly by going to the offices of your local distributor, or entrust yourself to Enel, who will accompany you in all phases of the procedure. To make a new gas connection you will need to provide your personal data, the address of the supply and the substitutive declaration that allows you to ascertain the real ownership of the property.

Once these data have been delivered, the supplier will contact you to carry out an inspection: he will have to verify the feasibility of the interventions and create an estimate to prepare the plant (that is, to bring the pipe from distribution network to your home). This operation can take between 15 working days (in the case of a simple intervention) or 30 working days (in the case of a complex intervention). The cost of the gas connection therefore depends on the type of interventions that the distributor will have to do to complete the connection between the distribution network and your home.

Upon receiving the estimate, you will have to communicate its acceptance and pay according to the methods indicated in the estimate. From now on, in fact, it may still take 10 to 60 working days to carry out the excavation and lay the pipe.

How to activate Enel gas for the first time

With the first activation, however, you will connect your domestic system with the distribution network on the street. Also in this case, to activate the gas first, you can go to an Enel point and ask for support from one of our operators.

To activate the gas first, you will be asked for the system project for your home, a certificate of compliance with current regulations and, as provided for in the resolution 40/2014/R/ gas from ARERA, sending of attachment H and of attachment I. The distributor verifies the correctness of all the documentation sent and, in the event of a positive verification, starts the activation of the system.

The time required for initial activation of the domestic gas system depends on various factors and can vary from a couple of weeks to a few months.

How to take over or transfer the Enel gas supply

This is the simplest procedure: in this case the meter is already there and will have to be reactivated (takeover) or simply change the owner (transfer). Both to take over and to make the transfer you will need the PDR code of the supply, the meter reading and your personal data. Go to one of the Enel Spaces, use one of the Enel contact channels or register on the website.

The cost of the gas transfer is 23 euros in commercial charges plus a sum of between 30 and 45 euros established by the local distributor. The cost of taking over the gas is 30 euros plus VAT for administrative charges and 23 euros plus VAT for commercial charges.