Surat: India’s first green hydrogen blending today started in the piped natural gas (PNG) network of NTPC Kawas township, here. The project is a joint effort of NTPC and Gujarat Gas Limited (GGL).
The first molecule of green hydrogen from the project was set in motion by P Ram Prasad, head of the project, Kawas in presence of other senior executives of NTPC Kawas and GGL.
This feat is achieved only by a few select countries that include the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia. “This would bring India to the centre stage of the global hydrogen economy. India would not only reduce its hydrocarbon import bill significantly but can also bring forex ashore by being a green hydrogen and green chemicals exporter to the world,” the Ministry of Power stated today.
NTPC and GGL worked towards achieving this milestone in record time after the foundation stone laying by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 30, 2022. This set-up is geared up to supply H2-NG (natural gas) to households of the Kawas township at Adityanagar, Surat. Green hydrogen in Kawas is made by electrolysis of water using power from an already installed 1 MW floating solar project.
Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), the regulatory body has given approval for 5% vol./vol. blending of green hydrogen with PNG to start with and the blending level would be scaled phase-wise to reach 20%. Green hydrogen when blended with natural gas reduces CO2 emissions keeping the net heating content the same.
After the start of the blending operation, NTPC Kawas held awareness workshops for township residents with the help of GGL officials.
– global bihari bureau