NTPC aims to complete phase-I of Green Hydrogen Hub project at Pudimadaka in Anakapalle district by 2026 | Visakhapatnam News

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Phase-I of the Green Energy Park Project (Green Hydrogen Hub) at Pudimadaka in Anakapalle district at an estimated cost of Rs1.1 lakh crore by the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC) will be completed by 2026.
Sanjay Kumar Sinha, GCM (Business Unit Head) of NTPC, Simhadri Super Thermal Power Station, said that NTPC is expected to spend Rs1.1 lakh crore in phased manner to set up Green Hydrogen Hub to produce energy from green hydrogen. The park will come up at Pudimadaka, where the AP Industrial Corporation (APIIC) had earlier allotted 1,200 acres of land for NTPC. The green energy park project will be completed by 2030, he added.
It may be recalled that AP government had allotted 1,200 acres of land at Pudimadaka in 2014 for setting up a 4,000 MW new thermal plant. The project was shelved in 2018 as the union government had taken a decision to reduce coal imports. The green energy project has been found viable following a visit by top officials from Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), green energy arm of Fortescue Group of Australia to Pudimadaka in September 2022. The Australian firm specialises in production of green hydrogen with 100 per cent renewable sources and operates in over 25 countries.
The NTPC with SMEC, has conceptualized creation of a Green Hydrogen Hub at Pudimadaka, which would develop an ecosystem for hydrogen energy, including the production of hydrogen related components and green hydrogen. The project is divided into Industrial area and Hydrogen area.
The industrial area covers 600 acres and will feature Pre-Engineered Buildings/Sheds with solar rooftop, industrial spaces, and a central business district. It will also host manufacturing facilities for new energy technologies, such as electrolysers, fuel cells, batteries, solar wafer, solar modules, wind turbine equipment, carbon capture systems, etc.
The hydrogen area covers 600 acres and will be home to one of India’s largest green hydrogen production facilities with a capacity of 1,500 TPD. This facility will be operated in partnership/collaboration with other global companies and will produce green hydrogen/ derivatives, including 1300 TPD of green ammonia and 1,200 TPD of green methanol, primarily for the South Asian export market.
Regarding the performance of the NTPC-Simhadri, Sanjay Kumar Sinha said that NTPC Simhadri is a jewel in the crown of NTPC with 2,000 MW of thermal and 25MW of floating solar capacity. NTPC-Simhadri is the first coastal based thermal power plant of NTPC which uses sea water for condenser cooling and ash handling there by saving precious water. NTPC-Simhadri generated 12,569.6 million units (MU) up to March 20 in the financial year 2022-23 with 72.14 per cent Plant Load Factor (PLF), he added.
Simhadri has been achieving more than 100 per cent Ash Utilization for the past five years. We have installed wind barriers in Ash dykes for control of fugitive dust emission on dykes where ash excavation is being carried out. Tall growing trees have been planted in between Dyke and Villages as green belt. Sprinklers and rain guns are installed all around the dykes for the fugitive dust suppression, he added. As a part of the corporate social responsibility (CSR), NTPC-Simhadri has spent over Rs4.45 crore for community development activities in the fiscal 2022-23. EOM

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