IOCL to build green hydrogen plant at its Mathura refinery

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has planned to build India’s first green hydrogen plant at its refinery in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh to meet the growing demand for cleaner forms of energy.

IOCL owns a wind power project in Rajasthan and it intend to wheel that power to its Mathura refinery to produce green hydrogen through electrolysis. This will be the country’s first green hydrogen unit as previously announced projects produce grey hydrogen which use fossil fuels such as natural gas. The green hydrogen will replace fuels that cause carbon emissionswhile processing crude oil in the refineries to produce petrol and diesel. Over the next 10 years, IOCL aims to diversify into petrochemicals, hydrogen and electric mobility sectors. It will also not set-up captive power plants in its future refinery and petrochemical expansion projects and use the 250 MW of electricity it produces from renewable energy (RE) sources.  IOCL is planning to set up several hydrogen production units on a pilot basis including a project at its Gujarat refinery to produce finite purity hydrogen of 99.99 per cent for hydrogen fuel cell buses.

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