NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power generator, has commissioned India’s first project to supply green hydrogen-blended piped natural gas (PNG) in efforts to decarbonize the cooking sector. With this, it has become one of the few countries like Australia, Germany, and the UK to achieve this feat.
The green hydrogen blending has been started in the PNG network of NTPC Kawas township in the Surat district of Gujarat. The project is a joint effort of NTPC and Gujarat Gas Limited (GGL).
After the start of the blending operation, NTPC Kawas held awareness workshops for township residents with the help of GGL officials.
“NTPC and GGL have worked relentlessly towards achieving this milestone in record time after Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), the regulatory body, approved 5% vol./vol. blending of green hydrogen with PNG to start with and the blending level would be scaled phase-wise to reach 20%,” stated NTPC.
Green hydrogen when blended with natural gas reduces CO2 emissions keeping the net heating content the same. 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 the existing 1 MW floating solar project of NTPC Kawas.
“This would bring India to the center 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,” stated NTPC.
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