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L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering and NPTC to develop CO2 to methanol demo

L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd (LTHE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of India-headed engineering, construction, projects, manufacturing, and financial services conglomerate Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India's largest power utility National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC), to build a carbon dioxide (CO2) to methanol plant at an NTPC power plant.

According to a statement, under the MoU, LTHE will be the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) partner to build a carbon dioxide (CO2) to methanol demonstration plant at an unnamed NTPC Power Station.

Furthermore, under this MoU, the duo will further collaborate to accelerate the development and subsequently commercialize CO2 to methanol plants.

Three-part demo plant

The MoU was signed on August 19, 2020, by Subramanian Sarma, Whole Time Director, and Senior EVP Energy and Sh. Ujjwal Kanti Bhattacharya, ED (Projects), NTPC Ltd. in presence of Sh. C K Mondol, Commercial Director of NTPC Ltd. and other senior officials from L&T and NTPC Ltd.

We are delighted to be a part of this initiative of NTPC in the field of clean energy. This development towards establishing CO2 to Methanol plants is an important step towards India’s commitment to combat climate change. LTHE, together with NTPC, will leverage its vast experience in engineering, construction and project management to successfully deliver this demonstration project, said Subramanian Sarma.

The demonstration plant will comprise of three sub-units  – CO2 capture from the flue gas, hydrogen (H2) production by the electrolysis of water, and catalytic conversion of CO2 and H2 to methanol.

India’s largest power generator NTPC has a total installed capacity 62.91 GW (including JVs). Own power stations include 24 coal-based, 7 gas-based, 1 hydro 1 wind 11 solar PV, and 1 small hydro plant. Under JVs, NTPC has 9 coal-based, 4 gas-based, and 12 renewable energy projects. The capacity will have a diversified fuel mix and by 2032, non-fossil fuel-based generation capacity shall make up nearly 30 percent of NTPC’s portfolio (photo courtesy NTPC).

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