Daily News Wrap-Up: Torrent Power Receives LoA for a 300 MW Wind Project in Karnataka

NHPC to develop pilot green hydrogen technologies in Leh and Kargil


Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

Torrent Power received the letter of award (LoA) from SECI for the long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 300 MW Wind Power Project in Karnataka. The LoA was issued in response to a tariff-based competitive bid invited by SECI for the establishment of 1,200 MW ISTS-connected wind power projects (Tranche – XII). Torrent Power had won the capacity by quoting a tariff of ₹2.94 (~$0.037). The project is expected to be commissioned 24 months from the execution of the PPA. The PPA term will be for 25 years. The estimated cost of the project is ₹26 billion (~$325.83 million).

NHPC signed two memorandums of understanding (MoU) to develop “Pilot Green Hydrogen Technologies” in the Leh and Kargil districts of the Union Territory of Ladakh. As per the MoU signed for Leh district, NHPC will consider the development of a Pilot Green Hydrogen fuel cell-based microgrid including hydrogen production to meet the power requirement of the NHPC guest house at Nimmo Bazgo Power Station. According to the MoU signed for the Kargil district, the hydrogen generated in Kargil will be used in fuel cells for mobility which will be capable to run two buses for up to eight hours in the local area of Kargil. NHPC will upscale hydrogen production on a commercial scale to supply hydrogen to the Ladakh region in different sectors like mobility, transportation, heating, and microgrids.

United States Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Australia’s Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen yesterday signed the Australia – United States Net-Zero Technology Acceleration Partnership at the Sydney Energy Forum. This formal partnership aims to accelerate the development and deployment of zero-emissions technology and cooperate on critical minerals supply chains to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while supercharging economic growth. Initial areas for cooperation under the partnership include the development of long-duration energy storage technology, as well as digital electricity grids and technology to support the integration of variable renewable energy, hydrogen, and carbon dioxide removal, including direct air capture.

Sterlite Brazil Participações S.A. (Sterlite Brazil), a subsidiary of Sterlite Power Transmission, a company that develops transmission projects, won Lot 05 and Lot 09 at the transmission auctions held in São Paulo, Brazil. Promoted in June by the National Electric Energy Agency, a total of 13 lots were auctioned for the construction and maintenance of 5,425 kilometers of transmission lines in Brazil. Located in the states of Bahia and Sergipe, Lot 05 will focus on developing a 113 km long transmission line and 300 MVA transmission capacity for the state of Sergipe. Located in the states of Mato Grosso and Pará, Lot 09 will involve building a 505 km long transmission line and 850 MVA capacity to address the energy demands in the regions of Claudia (MT) and Novo Progresso (PA). The projects will be implemented over 42 to 60 months and are estimated to generate ~32,000 direct jobs during the construction period.

ACME group, Scatec, and Yara signed a term sheet for offtake from the first phase of green ammonia from Oman. ACME and Scatec will begin developing the first phase of the project over 12 square km of land to produce 100,000 metric tonnes of green ammonia per annum in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm. Once fully developed, a second phase will be added, and the project is expected to produce up to 1.1 million tons of green ammonia annually. The parties have agreed on the principal terms for the offtake of 100,000 tons annually of green ammonia in the first phase, and potential further offtake from the project’s second phase as this develops. The agreement is ground-breaking for enabling the partners’ first green ammonia project in Oman. For Yara, the green ammonia supply will contribute to producing green fertilizer and decarbonizing other industries like the shipping, power, and steel industry.