Oil India Ltd (OIL) is setting up a plant to manufacture green hydrogen at its Jorhat oilfield in Assam.

“To strengthen its bouquet of clean energy offerings”, the company has initiated action for setting up a 100 kW green hydrogen plant at its Pump station-3 in Jorhat,” said a statement.

The pilot plant in Assam will generate green hydrogen using AEM technology, Oil India said without giving details. “This is a first of its kind project in the country,” said OIL.

Speaking on the occasion of the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony of the project, Pankaj Kumar Goswami, Director (Operations) said the hydrogen so generated will be blended with natural gas using the existing infrastructure.

Hydrogen, being considered the cleanest form of energy, is the latest focus area across the globe to satiate the rising energy needs. Green hydrogen – hydrogen created from the electrolysis of water using renewable energy – has a tiny share of the global energy market today.

It is currently still largely uncompetitive against fossil-fuelled alternatives.

However, the momentum behind net zero ambitions means that investors are betting on its long-term potential.

Biomass-based hydrogen production technologies also qualify under the green category. The government proposed the National Hydrogen Mission in the Union Budget 2021-22, initiating a hydrogen roadmap for the country.

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