NTPC starts India’s first green hydrogen blending in PNG network

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NTPC, the country’s largest power generator, has commissioned India’s first green hydrogen blending project in the piped natural gas (PNG) network of NTPC Kawas township, Surat. This joint effort between NTPC and Gujarat Gas Limited (GGL) marks a significant milestone for the company.

Shri P Ram Prasad, Head of Project at Kawas, initiated the first molecule of green hydrogen from the project in the presence of senior executives from NTPC Kawas and GGL. Following the start of the blending operation, NTPC Kawas and GGL officials held awareness workshops for township residents.

NTPC and GGL have achieved this milestone in record time after the foundation stone was laid by the Honorable Prime Minister of India on July 30, 2022. This system is set to provide H2-NG (natural gas) to households in the Kawas township at Adityanagar, Surat. Green hydrogen in Kawas is produced through the electrolysis of water using power from the already-installed 1 MW floating solar project.

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), the regulatory body, has approved the blending of up to 5% vol./vol. of green hydrogen with PNG to begin with. The blending level will be gradually increased to reach 20%. When blended with natural gas, green hydrogen reduces CO2 emissions while maintaining the same net heating content.

This achievement has only been accomplished by a few select countries, such as the UK, Germany, and Australia. This puts India at the forefront of the global hydrogen economy. In addition to significantly reducing its hydrocarbon import bill, India has the potential to bring foreign exchange ashore by exporting green hydrogen and green chemicals to the world.

Shares of NTPC were trading on the BSE at INR 167.50, compared to the previous close of INR 168.00. The total number of shares traded during the day was 474,143, with over 2,611 trades.

The stock reached an intraday high of INR 169.25 and an intraday low of INR 166.95. The net turnover for the day was INR 79,543,413.

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