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Published on: April 13, 2022, 12:27 p.m.
Odisha joins hands with BPCL for green energy
  • Bhupendra Singh Poonia, MD, IPICOL and Amit Garg, Executive Director Renewable Energy, BPCL signed the MoU

By Business India Editorial

Odisha’s Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) joined forces to take a vital step towards the proliferation of green energy in the state.

Last Monday, Bhupendra Singh Poonia, Managing Director Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha Limited (IPICOL), and Amit Garg, Executive Director Renewable Energy, BPCL, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a five-year period to collaborate in the fields of the feasibility of setting up renewable energy plant and green hydrogen plant (both for domestic and export customers), round the clock (RTC) power for consumers and proposed green hydrogen plants, setting up of requisite infrastructure, training, and knowledge sharing, etc.

Green Hydrogen would help the industries cut aggregate emissions of Green House Gases (GHGs) thus contributing to the overall objectives of the Government of India’s INDC targets. Odisha, being a power surplus state, is looking to strengthen its position in power and these upcoming plants will help Odisha-based heavy industries to supplement their growing power requirements.

The MoU signing ceremony was presided over by Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Chief Secretary. PK Jena, Development Commissioner, Arun Kumar Singh, Chairman and Managing Director of BPCL, and other dignitaries from the government, oil industry, and environmentalists were present at the event.

The Chief Secretary thanked BPCL for coming up with green hydrogen projects. “We have huge natural resources and due to the expanding steel industry, green energy is a big prospect in Odisha. Also, we have major ports and developing new ones, which will help BPCL to export the green hydrogen and ammonia to other countries,” he said.

Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary Industries, said that today Odisha is the single largest manufacturer of steel in the country. More than 33 per cent of the steel-making capacity is now in Odisha though making it the primary prospect of green hydrogen and green ammonia. Because of the value addition policy, the demand is only going to increase in future.

BPCL CMD said that BPCL aspires to be the world’s most admired energy firm by combining skill and technology. “Given our constant pursuit of customer service quality excellence, we at BPCL aim to achieve Net-Zero, in Scope I and II emissions, by 2040. BPCL also plans to spend Rs25,000 crore to build a renewable energy capacity of 10 gigawatts comprising a mix of solar, wind, small hydro and biomass by 2040,” he said.


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