State-run NTPC has invited global ‘expression of interest’ (EOI) to set up a pilot project on hydrogen blending with natural gas in city gas distribution. “NTPC Limited, India’s largest integrated power generating company under Ministry of Power, has floated 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,” NTPC said in a statement.
The EoI follows the recent tenders floated by NTPC REL for green hydrogen fuelling station at Ladakh and NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited (NVVN) for procurement of Fuel Cell Buses. A dedicated 1.25 MW solar plant is also being set up in Ladakh by NTPC REL to power the hydrogen fuelling station.
This pilot on hydrogen blending with natural gas will be the first of its kind in India and would explore the viability of decarbonizing India’s natural gas grid. This pilot on hydrogen blending with natural gas will be the first of its kind in India and would explore the viability of decarbonizing India's natural gas grid. NTPC with its ambition of playing a key role in India's transition to hydrogen economy would later take this up at a commercial scale across India.
NTPC Limited is also keenly exploring the production of green ammonia to decarbonize the fertilizer industry and possibly fulfil government's upcoming mandate of using certain percentage of green hydrogen in fertilizer and refinery sector.