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    India's NTPC plans to blend hydrogen with city gas

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The state-run utility has invited global ‘expression of interest’ to set up a pilot project on hydrogen blending with natural gas in the city gas distribution network in India.

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India's NTPC plans to blend hydrogen with city gas

Indian state-run utility NTPC has invited global ‘expression of interest’ to set up a pilot project on hydrogen blending with natural gas in the city gas distribution (CGD) network in India, according to a document posted on its website.

“NTPC Limited, with its objective to become a key player in India's adoption of hydrogen economy, is currently exploring the possibility of blending green hydrogen with natural gas in CGD network,” it said. Setting up of pilot project is to analyse the technical and commercial aspects, it added. 

NTPC intends to blend hydrogen with natural gas as part of the pilot at one of its townships. This identified cluster uses natural gas purely for domestic cooking, the company said. The daily requirement of natural gas in this cluster is approximately 100 m3. Initial hydrogen blending would be 5 % by volume which would ultimately be increased to 20%, the company said.

Upon successful completion of this pilot project, the hydrogen blending scheme will be implemented within the neighbouring bigger clusters and the CGD network at large. The last date to submit an expression of interest is September 19. 

NTPC produces around 300bn units/year of electricity through its cluster of gas, coal, hydro and renewable energy based power stations of around 67 GW capacity spanning across India.