NTPC Starts Green Hydrogen Blending With PNG

INitiated by NTPC , blending of green hydrogen with PNG will help reduce oil import bill and earn forex

NEW DELHI, Jan 3 (The CONNECT) – Bringing India at the centre stage of the global hydrogen economy, NTPC Ltd has commissioned the country’s first green hydrogen blending project in the piped natural gas (PNG) network of NTPC Kawas township, Surat.

This feat is achieved only by few select countries like UK, Germany, and Australia etc. 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 Kawas 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 project, Kawas, in the presence of other senior executives of NTPC Kawas and GGL.

NTPC Kawas later held awareness workshops for township residents with help of GGL officials.

NTPC and GGL have worked relentlessly towards achieving this milestone in record time after the foundation stone laying by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 30 last.

This set-up is geared up to supply H2-NG (natural gas) to households of Kawas township at Adityanagar, Surat. Green hydrogen in Kawas is made by electrolysis of water using power from 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 net heating content same.

Meanwhile, NTPC recorded a generation of 295.4 BU (billion units) during Apr-Dec 2022, registering a growth of 11.6% compared to the same period, previous year. On a standalone basis, NTPC generated 254.6 BU during Apr-Dec 2022, an increase of 16.1% over the previous year.

The coal plants registered a PLF of 73.7% for 9-months period in FY23 compared to 68.5% in FY22 for the same period. The stellar performance of NTPC is a testimony to the expertise of NTPC engineers, Operation & Maintenance practices, and NTPC systems.

Also, NTPC has portrayed a phenomenal growth in captive coal production by achieving 14.6 MMT of production, registering a growth of 51% vis-à-vis the previous year for the same period.

NTPC group installed capacity is 70824 MW. Recently, the company has crossed 3 GW of Renewable capacity.