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GAIL opens Vijaipur Green Hydrogen plant

GAIL opens Vijaipur Green Hydrogen plant
Secretary Shri Pankaj Jain Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG), along with GAIL Chairman and Managing Director Shri Sandeep Gupta, Director (Projects) Shri Deepak Gupta, Director (Human Resources) Shri Ayush Gupta, and other senior officials officiated at the opening of the GAIL Vijaipur Green Hydrogen plant on May 24, 2024 (photo courtesy GAIL).

Tecnimont Pvt Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of Italy-headed industrial group MARIE S.p.A (MARIE Group) has announced that the first green hydrogen production plant for the client GAIL (India) Ltd, a natural gas company, has been officially inaugurated in Vijaipur, Madhya Pradesh. 

The project, awarded in May 2022 and implemented by Tecnimont in collaboration with MARIE Group subsidiary NextChem, marks a significant step towards low-carbon energy solutions in India.

Using a 10 MW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer unit, the facility will produce 4.3 tonnes per day of green hydrogen at a pressure of 30 kg/cm2.

The Vijaipur Green Hydrogen facility makes the state-owned gas utility GAIL the first company to start megawatt-scale operations in green hydrogen production and will be NextChem’s reference plant to pursue additional energy transition prospects in India.

We are extremely proud of this achievement, which best positions MAIRE in India for prospects in the energy transition space, having contributed to the implementation of the largest green hydrogen plant in the Country. Our strong presence in India counting on over 3,000 people, puts the Group at the forefront in proposing sustainable solutions for the national industry, said Alessandro Bernini, CEO of MAIRE Group.

Aligned with national hydrogen goals

Officially inaugurated on May 24, 2024, by Secretary Shri Pankaj Jain, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG), the GAIL Vijaipur Green Hydrogen plant aligns with the country’s aim to become energy-independent by 2047 and to achieve Net Zero by 2070.

Green hydrogen is considered a strategic enabler of the energy transition as it can be utilized for long-duration storage of renewable energy, replacement of fossil fuels in industry, clean transportation, and potentially for decentralized power generation, aviation, and marine transport.

India’s Hydrogen Mission aims to achieve at least 5 million tonnes per annum of green hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

According to GAIL, the hydrogen produced from this unit shall be initially used as a fuel along with natural gas for captive purposes in the various processes and equipment running in the existing plant at Vijaipur.

Further, this hydrogen is planned to be dispensed to retail customers in the nearby geographies, and transported through high-pressure cascades.

Besides sourcing renewable power through open access, GAIL is also setting up around 20 MW of solar PV at Vijaipur to meet the requirement of green power for the 10 MW PEM electrolyzer.

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