NTPC signs land lease pact to set up Green Hydrogen Hub in Visakhapatnam

The NTPC has proposed to develop an Integrated Green Hydrogen Hub in 1,200 acres at Pudimadaka village.
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VISAKHAPATNAM : The NTPC green energy project at Pudimadaka in Atchutapuram mandal of the erstwhile combined Visakhapatnam district has got a fresh impetus with the NTPC Green Energy Limited (NGEL) signing a land lease agreement with the Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) in Delhi.

The NTPC has proposed to develop an Integrated Green Hydrogen Hub in 1,200 acres at Pudimadaka village.

The agreement was signed to realise the green energy and green hydrogen objectives of NTPC and to boost the Centre’s efforts towards energy transition.

The Pudimadaka Green Hydrogen Hub aims to create a world-class ecosystem for technologies in the new energy paradigm, such as electrolyser and fuel cell manufacturing, related ancillary industries, start-up, incubation, testing facilities, production and export of green hydrogen and its derivatives (green ammonia/green methanol).

The first phase of the Green Hydrogen Hub is likely to be completed by 2026. The project is estimated to cost Rs 1.1 lakh crore and it will be completed in a phased manner. NTPC has earlier signed an MoU with the AP government for the green energy project at the global investors summit held in Visakhapatnam in March 2023

According to sources, the DPR for the project is being prepared. The project includes construction of India’s largest green hydrogen production facility (1200 TPD), which will be converted to derivatives of hydrogen such as green ammonia and green methanol, primarily catering to export market.

The industrial area covers 600 acres and will feature pre-engineered buildings/sheds with solar rooftop, industrial spaces and a central business district.

NTPC targets to achieve 60 GW RE capacity

It will also host manufacturing facilities for new energy technologies such as electrolysers, fuel cells, batteries, solar wafer, solar modules, wind turbine equipment and carbon capture systems. NTPC has set a target to achieve 60 GW of RE capacity by 2032, demonstrating its commitment to AP’s and India’s decarbonisation objectives.

This initiative aligns with the National Green Hydrogen Mission, which aims to position India as a global leader in the production, usage, and export of green hydrogen. Currently, it has 3.4 GW of installed RE capacity and 22 plus GW under pipeline.

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