GAIL has contracts for procuring LNG volumes from the USA below two long-term Gross sales and Buy Agreements signed with US vitality majors.
State-owned GAIL India Ltd plans to import India’s first and the biggest to this point electrolyser for producing inexperienced hydrogen inside a 12 months and will look to rent one other ship to ferry LNG from the US, officers mentioned Tuesday. GAIL chairman and managing director Manoj Jain mentioned his firm had launched a worldwide tender to acquire a 10-megawatt electrolyser able to producing 4.5 tonnes per day of hydrogen.
Supply of the electrolyser could occur in 12 to 14 months. “Not simply imports, we’re additionally taking a look at home manufacturing of electrolyser. Our tender provides choice to home producers,” he mentioned.
The corporate will set up the electrolyser at certainly one of its gasoline processing vegetation within the nation. Whereas the agency was initially taking a look at utilizing pure gasoline as feedstock for producing what is called blue hydrogen, it could take a look at utilizing renewable vitality to separate water to supply oxygen and inexperienced hydrogen.
Whereas molecularly blue or inexperienced hydrogen is comparable, the previous has a carbon dioxide by-product and the latter is emission-free gasoline. Jain mentioned the hydrogen so produced might be offered to customers similar to fertiliser vegetation or combined in CNG on the market to vehicles, serving to reduce emissions.
The biggest electrolyser at present introduced in India is a 5-MW unit being put in by India’s largest energy utility NTPC at Vindhyachal in Uttar Pradesh.
NTPC intends to energy the electrolyser utilizing a coal-fired super-thermal energy station, in live performance with carbon seize. Renewable electrical energy could doubtlessly be used sooner or later, which might make it emissions-free, however no date has been set for when that might happen.
Individually, GAIL Director (Finance) R Okay Jain mentioned the corporate could look to rent a second LNG ship to ferry gasoline from the US. The corporate in February this 12 months employed from Japanese transport main Mitsui O.S.Okay. Strains a 180,000 cubic meters vessel for 5 years and named it GAIL Bhuwan. This vessel was used to move LNG from the US to Dabhol in Maharashtra earlier this month.
GAIL has contracts for procuring LNG volumes from the USA below two long-term Gross sales and Buy Agreements signed with US vitality majors. “We could take a look at hiring one other vessel if there may be demand,” Jain mentioned.
India is placing elevated give attention to hydrogen in its place gasoline supply to decrease its carbon emissions, whereas additionally assembly its rising vitality wants. Reliance Industries in addition to Adani Group have introduced bold inexperienced hydrogen plans.
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani in September mentioned Reliance was aiming to carry down the price of producing inexperienced hydrogen to beneath USD 2 per kilogram, whereas it has set a stretch purpose of bringing that value all the way down to below $1 per kilogram inside 10 years because it targets 100 GW of renewable era capability by 2030. Inexperienced hydrogen at present prices USD 6 per kg.
Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani too has unveiled a plan to take a position USD 20 billion over the following decade in renewable vitality era and part manufacturing.
Along with setting a purpose to grow to be “the producer of the least costly inexperienced electron wherever on this planet”, Adani has mentioned his firm will grow to be one of many largest inexperienced hydrogen producers on this planet.
This can be a first of its type initiative to assist the nation’s dedication to attain renewable vitality targets and scale back greenhouse gasoline emissions