PNGRB, World Bank Partner for Hydrogen Transmission Study
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB), in partnership with the World Bank, has commenced a study aimed at devising methods for transmitting hydrogen through existing natural gas pipelines and city gas distribution networks. This initiative marks a notable step forward in the nation's efforts toward advancing clean energy, as stated by the regulatory body.
As part of India's National Green Hydrogen Mission, the study intends to outline the demand and supply dynamics of hydrogen, evaluate the technical suitability of the existing pipeline infrastructure, scrutinize commercial and regulatory factors, and devise a trajectory for blending hydrogen until 2040. The World Bank and ICF have conducted consultations involving diverse stakeholders, resulting in preliminary reports on low-carbon hydrogen demand-supply mapping, technical requisites in the pipeline sector, consumer impact assessment, and a review of international benchmarks to inform policy and regulatory frameworks.
PNGRB is preparing to convene a significant stakeholder meeting in January 2024, gathering experts in hydrogen production, storage, and transportation. This initiative signifies India's commitment to emissions reduction and the integration of clean energy technologies into its future energy landscape. The comprehensive study findings are anticipated to be released in the forthcoming months.