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India’s First Green Hydrogen Ports: Kandla And Tuticorin

Union Minister for Power and Renewable Energy, RK Singh, has informed Moneycontrol that Kandla and Tuticorin ports will serve as India’s pioneering green hydrogen and green ammonia (First Green Hydrogen Ports) refueling hubs for green shipping. Speaking exclusively to Moneycontrol on March 25, Singh stated that these ports will feature refueling facilities for green ships, with Kandla located on the west coast and Tuticorin on the east coast.

The National Green Hydrogen Mission, approved by the Union Cabinet under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 4, includes an initial budget of Rs 19,744 crore, with a major chunk of Rs 17,490 crore allocated for production-linked incentives towards green hydrogen production and electrolyzers manufacturing.

India has set an ambitious goal to capture approximately 10% of the global green hydrogen market, which is projected to reach 100 million metric tonnes (MMT) by 2030, to become a leading exporter of green hydrogen worldwide. Union Minister for Power and Renewable Energy, RK Singh, revealed that the country has plans to set up six million tonnes of green hydrogen production, which will translate to around 36 million tonnes of green ammonia production.

Additionally, Singh noted that industries in India are already testing out export orders for green hydrogen and that India aims to emerge as a powerhouse in green hydrogen and green ammonia production. The country’s renewable energy capacity costs are some of the lowest in the world, making India’s green hydrogen and green ammonia among the most cost-effective in the world, according to the minister.

As per the National Green Hydrogen Mission, India aims to install five million tonnes of green hydrogen capacity annually by 2030. However, Union Minister for Power and Renewable Energy, RK Singh, expressed hope that the country could achieve a capacity of 7-10 million tonnes per annum by 2030. Singh also discussed the meeting held on March 22 with India’s Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Hardeep Puri, regarding NGHM. The ministers discussed imposing trajectories on different sectors to encourage the use of green hydrogen instead of fossil feedstock. This includes blending green hydrogen into the city gas system, replacing grey hydrogen with green hydrogen in sectors such as refineries and steel plants, and replacing grey ammonia with green ammonia in the fertilizer industry.

According to the National Green Hydrogen Mission document, the government is expected to invite competitive bids to establish fertilizer plants that rely on green hydrogen or green ammonia. The plan is to set up two plants each for producing green hydrogen-based urea and green hydrogen-based diammonium phosphate via the competitive bidding process. The ultimate goal is to replace all imports of ammonia-based fertilizers with domestically-produced green ammonia-based fertilizers by 2034-35.

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