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NTPC calls for global EOI to set up H2 blending with the natural gas project

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State-run NTPC has announced that it has requested a global Expression of Interest (EOI) to set up a preliminary project on hydrogen blending with natural gas in city gas distribution.

The EOI pursues the recent tenders floated by NTPC REL for a green hydrogen fuelling station at Leh and NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) for purchasing fuel cell buses.

A devoted 1.25 MW solar plant is also being set up at Leh by NTPC REL to power the hydrogen fuelling station.

"NTPC Limited, India's largest integrated power generating company under Ministry of Power, has proposed a global Expression of Interest (EoI) to set up a pilot project on hydrogen blending with natural gas in City Gas Distribution (CGD) Network in India," a company declaration said.

This pilot on hydrogen blending with natural gas will be the first of its kind in India and would study the feasibility of decarbonizing India's natural gas grid.

NTPC with its aim of playing a key role in India's transition to a hydrogen economy would later take this up at a commercial scale across India.

The effective execution of the pilot will also validate the decarbonization objective along with the import replacement aim under the government's 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan'.

NTPC Limited is also eagerly exploring the production of green ammonia to decarbonize the fertilizer industry and feasibly fulfill the government's upcoming mandate of using a certain percentage of green hydrogen in the fertilizer and refinery sector.

Author : Moulin Oza
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