National grid came out to exchange my gas meter for a scheduled new model but instead of replacing the meter, handed in a card in which stated:
that after a safety check was undertaken, it indicated that there may be a fault in the electrical system causing a voltage on the gas installation and therefore the engineer is unable to continue to work.
On enquiring about the problem, the engineer said there was a voltage present on the meter probably due to a faulty earth bond and could not continue, but the gas meter is safe enough that the gas does not need to be disconnected.
National grid recommend that the installation needs to be checked by a comptent electrical contractor.
Quickly visually inspecting the meter myself, the output gas pipe has an earth bond with a 6 omm cable connecting it to the incoming mains electrical supply to the house. On the same connection on the incoming mains electrical supply a cable goes directly to the earth bar in the consumer unit.
Can anyone explain my fault? or suggest a solution. On phoning a few electricans I recieved "not sure if I can do that" and never recieved a call back.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated