Industrial Decarbonisation

GAIL inaugurates 10 MW green hydrogen plant in Madhya Pradesh

Ruchita Shah

Notable because

GAIL, India’s largest natural gas distributor, is diversifying into GH2. In a significant move forward, it commissioned its maiden 10 MW GH2 plant, which uses proton exchange membrane electrolyser technology. The plant will be supplied with RE via open access. Initially, the plant will supply hydrogen fuel for captive purposes at GAIL’s Vijaipur facility. This development is aligned with India’s target to achieve a GH2 production capacity of 5 MMT pa by 2030.

What to look out for in the months ahead

GAIL is the first to blend conventional hydrogen into its city gas distribution grid. Current regulations allow the blending of 5% hydrogen with natural gas. Going forward, will GAIL also consider GH2 for blending purposes? Will it continue to produce GH2 in-house or procure it from third-party producers such as the winners of the recently concluded SIGHT auctions?