Cochin Port Authority spearheads green hydrogen pilot project

Cochin Port Authority (CoPA) is gearing up to launch a pioneering green hydrogen pilot project, aiming to kickstart production within a year. Mr. B. Kasiviswanathan, Chairman of Cochin Port Authority, emphasised the port’s existing expertise in handling liquid cargo, particularly chemicals like ammonia, which positions it advantageously to establish bunkering facilities for green hydrogen and its derivatives.

The initiative was announced during a workshop themed “Pathway for a Successful Green Hydrogen Pilot at Cochin Port,” jointly organised with the Indian Ports Association. Cochin Port is now set to invite Expressions of Interest from stakeholders to shape the scope of the pilot project. Collaboration between Cochin Port Authority, Indian Ports Association, and industry stakeholders will be pivotal in driving these proposals forward.

Aligned with the ‘Harit Sagar’ – Green Port Guidelines, Cochin Port aspires to achieve a zero-carbon emission goal by 2035, envisioning the establishment of ‘Green Ammonia’ bunkers and refueling facilities at major ports. Given its strategic connectivity to both domestic and international shipping routes, Cochin emerges as a potential testing ground for green hydrogen initiatives, potentially setting a benchmark for other ports to follow suit.

Meanwhile, VO Chidambaranar Port Authority (VOCPA) in Tuticorin is making strides in green hydrogen project development, with plans to close tenders for a 60 KW electrolyser, aiming for commissioning in the next quarter.

Mr. KR Jyothilal, Additional Chief Secretary of Kerala’s Department of Energy, highlighted the state’s unique position, offering not only intrinsic demand but also strategic location and a well-defined action plan for developing the hydrogen valley.

Crucially, affordable, accessible, and reliable renewable power is deemed essential for the success of green hydrogen projects. The Government of Kerala’s Department of Energy is expected to play a pivotal role in promoting these initiatives, leading to the establishment of green hydrogen hubs.

Mr. Vikas Narwal, Deputy Chairman of CoPA and Managing Director of the Indian Ports Association, emphasised the priority accorded to project development for expeditious implementation. He identified shipping vessels, exports, and domestic use in fertilizer units and refinery complexes as potential priority off-takers for this pilot project. Both the Indian Ports Association and Cochin Port Authority pledged unwavering support for the project’s development and execution.

The workshop, which marked the commencement of Green Hydrogen Pilot Planning, saw participation from over 50 industry partners representing 25 institutions, including green hydrogen developers, consumers, electrolyser providers, and multilateral organisations.