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DNV and PIL collaborate to integrate Hydrogen into gas network in India

DNV announced that is providing technical advice and support to Pipeline Infrastructure Limited (PIL) on the integration of blended Hydrogen into its gas trunkline assets in India – including transmission pipelines, interconnects and spur lines, compressor, valve, and metering stations & equipment.PIL’s initiative is one of the first Hydrogen blended related projects in the transmission space in India, aligned with the government’s launch of India’s National Hydrogen Mission in August 2021, targeting 5 million tonnes per annum of Hydrogen production by 2030.According to DNV’s Energy Transition Outlook 2021, demand for Hydrogen in the Indian subcontinent will reach nearly 25 million tonnes per annum by 2050, primarily for ammonia production, transportation, and refining.

As a basis for green Hydrogen production, the report also shows strong predicted growth in renewable generation in India, particularly solar photovoltaics, wind, and hydro power which will make up 65 percent of the country’s electricity generation mix by 2050.Akhil Mehrotra – MD&CEO - PIL said: “The Hydrogen industry in India is still in its infancy and has a huge scope to supplement the growing energy needs while supporting the shift to a cleaner environment. Backed by strong governmental support for clean energy and significant renewable energy potential, India has the unique opportunity to become a major producer and exporter of Hydrogen”.

Blending Hydrogen with natural gas in existing infrastructure will facilitate the use of a cleaner gas that can help countries such as India smoothly transition to a decarbonised future. Aside from rapidly and significantly lowering India’s carbon footprint, incorporating blended Hydrogen in the transportation, power generation and industrial sectors can also offer new business opportunities.Varadaraj Salian, Market Area Manager – India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for Energy Systems, DNV added: “This pioneering project will enable PIL to engage their stakeholders in developing and expediting realistic decarbonisation goals for which DNV is providing the right technical knowledge, global expertise and best practices so that their operation is safe and sustainable.”

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