TotalEnergies, Adani to make India home to world's largest green H2 ecosystem

Hydrogen tanks. Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

June 14 (Renewables Now) - French multi-energy group TotalEnergies SE (EPA:TTE) has agreed to buy a 25% stake in India’s Adani New Industries Ltd (ANIL) in a move to create what they say would be "the largest green hydrogen ecosystem in the world," underpinned by 30 GW of renewables.

ANIL will serve as an exclusive platform for the production of green hydrogen in India, targeting an annual output of one million tonnes by 2030, TotalEnergies said on Tuesday. The French company is buying the minority interest in ANIL from Adani Enterprises Ltd (BOM:512599). Financial details about the transaction were kept under wraps.

ANIL has committed to investing more than USD 50 billion (EUR 48bn) over the next 10 years in the initiative to deliver “the lowest green hydrogen cost to the consumer,” it said in a separate filing.

As a start, the Indian firm will develop a project that will result in the production of 1.3 tonnes of urea derived from green hydrogen, which will be sold domestically. It said it intends to install a 2-GW electrolyser powered by 4 GW of wind and solar generation at a total cost of USD 5 billion.

ANIL's strategy is to be involved in the whole process along the value chain, including equipment manufacturing, green hydrogen production and its conversion into fertilisers and methanol, both for the local market and exports.

TotalEnergies and Adani Group have been partnering in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business since 2018. Two years later, the French group bought 50% of the 2.35-GW portfolio of operating solar parks of Adani Group’s green energy unit.

"Our confidence in our ability to produce the world’s least expensive electron is what will drive our ability to produce the world’s least expensive green hydrogen. This partnership will open up a number of exciting downstream pathways," commented Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani.

In turn, Patrick Pouyanne, chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, said: "This future production capacity of 1 Mtpa of green hydrogen will be a major step in increasing TotalEnergies’ share of new decarbonized molecules – including biofuels, biogas, hydrogen, and e-fuels – to 25% of its energy production and sales by 2050.”

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.959)

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