In a significant move towards accelerating the export of green hydrogen, green ammonia, and green methanol, India's Ministry of Shipping and Ports has designated three major ports – Kandla, Paradip, and Tuticorin – as hubs for these eco-friendly energy carriers over the next seven years. This initiative aligns with the goals set under the National Green Hydrogen Mission and signifies a major leap in India's efforts to embrace sustainable energy solutions.
The development of essential infrastructure to support the storage, handling, and bunkering of green hydrogen, green ammonia, and their derivatives is a key aspect of this strategic plan. By 2030, India aims to establish the capacity to export approximately 5 million tonnes per annum of green hydrogen and its related products. This endeavor is expected to transform the energy landscape in India and contribute to environmental sustainability.
Sources reveal that the Odisha government is actively working on allocating land around Paradip Port to manufacturers specializing in green hydrogen and its derivatives. The Paradip Port Authority is also gearing up to create common infrastructure facilities tailored to green hydrogen projects, including a dedicated berth for handling ammonia and other derivatives. For this purpose, they have submitted a request to the Ministry of Shipping for a grant of Rs 325 crore.
Meanwhile, the Deendayal Port Authority in Kandla has taken a proactive step by inviting global Expression of Interest (EOI) to gauge the interest and involvement of developers and market players in the production, storage, and sale of green hydrogen and green ammonia. This move is pivotal in facilitating India's transition to a green energy powerhouse.
Tuticorin's VOCPA port has also joined the green hydrogen transformation by reserving 500 acres of land for the development of a green hydrogen hub. Port authorities are in the process of presenting a proposal to the government, seeking grants and viability gap funding for the development of the essential infrastructure required to drive this green hydrogen initiative forward.
Hydrogen, with its potential applications in various industries and its derivatives serving as a low-carbon fuel, is poised to play a pivotal role in India's energy transition. The utilization of green hydrogen in process industries like fertilizers and petrochemicals, as well as its adoption as a clean energy source for transportation sectors such as shipping, metro rail, and trains, holds the promise of a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future. The concerted efforts of these major ports are a testament to India's commitment to building a green hydrogen ecosystem that will benefit both the nation and the planet.