BPCL to set up India’s largest green hydrogen plant in Madhya Pradesh

State-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is planning to build India’s largest green hydrogen plant as part of its plans to achieve net-zero emissions for its operations by 2040.

The company is likely to soon float a tender for a 20 megawatts (MW) electrolyser to build the country’s largest green hydrogen plant.

As per its plans, BPCL will set up the plant at its refinery in Bina, Madhya Pradesh to produce green hydrogen. This will be double the size of GAIL’s recent tender for a 10 MW electrolyser, the largest so far.

At present, BPCL utilises 650 MW of energy, including 550 MW of grid power and internal gas turbine generation power. The company’s power utilisation is expected to increase to 1,000 MW by 2027, after factoring in green hydrogen obligation.

The company aims to meet the entire 1,000 MW requirement using renewable sources. The 20 MW electrolyser is to be a pilot for the entire project. As costs reduce the company will seek top set up more electrolysers.

“While our refineries in Mumbai or Kochi may have space constraints, Bina has ample space to accommodate enough green hydrogen making capacity to meet the mandate for the entire company,” said BPCL chairman Arun Kumar Singh in an interview to Economic Times. He added that BPCL’s investment in green hydrogen will depend on the evolution of technology, cost, and government policy. Singh also said that the company is working out the details and aims to firm up its net-zero roadmap by next March. “It will cover all our operations, including refineries, pipelines, depots, and bottling plants, but will not include customers’ or suppliers’ emissions,” he added.

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