DNV, will collaborate with Pipeline Infrastructure Limited (PIL) to integrate blended hydrogen into PIL gas trunkline assets in India.

The independent energy expert and assurance provider, is providing technical advice and support to PIL on the integration of hydrogen into its trunkline assets, including transmission pipelines, interconnects and spur lines, compressor, valve, and metering stations and equipment. 

DNV will also help assess the suitability of the existing network and related assets to incorporate hydrogen at a range of blending levels.

Varadaraj Salian, Market Area Manager – India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for Energy Systems, DNV said, “This pioneering project will enable PIL to engage their stakeholders in developing and expediting realistic decarbonisation goals for which DNV is providing the right technical knowledge, global expertise and best practices so that their operation is safe and sustainable.”

The initiative comes after India launched its National Hydrogen Mission in August 2021, with a target of 5m tonnes of hydrogen production per annum by 2030.

The mission’s aim is to transform India into a green hydrogen hub by leveraging the nation’s significant renewable energy potential in an attempt to meet the countries national climate goals and enable India to become a major producer and exporter of hydrogen to Japan, South Korea, and Europe.

Brice Le Gallo, Vice President and Regional Director APAC, Energy Systems at DNV said, “Repurposing natural gas pipelines for Hydrogen is 10-30% of the cost of building new pure Hydrogen networks.”

“DNV is pleased to play a role in this by supporting PIL to transition its gas network to incorporate blended Hydrogen to support local industries.”

“In doing so, DNV will leverage its technical expertise and methodology to help our clients meet their emission reduction goals while retaining the use of their existing infrastructure,”

Incorporating blended hydrogen with existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure will help India smoothly transition to a cleaner and decarbonised future as well as offering new business opportunities in the transportation, power and industrial sectors.

Akhil Mehrotra – MD&CEO - PIL said, “The Hydrogen industry in India is still in its infancy and has a huge scope to supplement the growing energy needs while supporting the shift to a cleaner environment. Backed by strong governmental support for clean energy and significant renewable energy potential, India has the unique opportunity to become a major producer and exporter of Hydrogen”.

On gasworlds Hydrogen: Markets Reimagined webinar, in May 2022, Stephen B. Harrison, Managing Director, at Sbh4 Consulting, discussed hydrogen blending and the safety of doing so.