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Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL) has entered into a partnership with IIT-Madras for green hydrogen production. In this partnership, IIT-Madras will develop the electrolyzer, and CPCL will test green hydrogen at its refinery.
CPCL Managing Director, Arvind Kumar said that green hydrogen will be used for internal needs. “Multiple industries will be involved in this initiative. Green hydrogen is the future,” he said.
Kumar also highlighted that IIT-Madras can use green hydrogen for testing in the mobility sector. He also informed that CPCL will provide necessary utilities for the production. He gave this information to journalists during the “Emerging Technologies for Chemical Sector” conference held in Chennai on Wednesday.
Responding to a question about the new refinery and petrochemical complex to be built in Nagapattinam district, Kumar said approval would be taken from the board on various aspects.
“Overall, we have 1,200 acres of land as the district administration has handed over 612 acres more to us. The project has already been approved by the board and we have completed 7-8 per cent of the procurement and engineering activity,” he said. We have to start engineering, procurement and construction (EPC). Now, some project cost is increasing, and we will approach the board to increase it. Since it is a joint venture project . So we will approach IOCL and the ministry as well. I hope all the approvals will be completed in two to three months and then we can move ahead with awarding the EPC.”
He said this facility will be a boost for the southern districts as it will attract polymer companies after the coming of the petrochemical complex.
The refinery and petrochemical complex is being set up at Nagapattinam with an investment of over Rs 36,000 crore. The capacity of the refinery will be nine metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA).