As the race to reach emission goals intensifies, state-run energy companies are hunting for partners to tie up and build green-hydrogen facilities to run their refineries and sell the fuel commercially.
Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd, NTPC Ltd and Gail (India) Ltd, among others, plan to set up green hydrogen facilities over the next three years.
While IOCL has issued a global tender to develop green hydrogen generation facilities on a build-own-operate basis at its refineries in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, and Panipat, Haryana, Gail has floated global tenders to procure an electrolyzer.
Gail has short-listed three sites, including one at Vijaipur in Madhya Pradesh, and will take around 14 months to set up the 10-megawatt facility.
State electricity producer NTPC has also announced a 5MW green hydrogen plant.
“We have on a pilot basis started mixing hydrogen in natural gas in one of the cities. The hydrogen we plan to produce can be sold to fertilizer units which, as per government mandate, are required to use hydrogen as fuel," Gail chairman and managing director Manoj Jain said last month.
IOCL, on the other hand, plans to develop a green hydrogen generation facility with a 5,000 MT annual capacity for its refinery in Mathura and a 2,000 MT annual capacity for its refinery in Panipat.
Green hydrogen is produced by a process that does not emit greenhouse gases. Global efforts are on to cheaply produce green hydrogen, the fuel that can help countries attain their net-zero emission targets.