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Government proposal for India’s first offshore wind project

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) under Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued Expression of Interest (EoI) for first offshore wind energy project of India. The global EoI is for prospective offshore wind flow energy developers for developing 1000 MW (1 GW) offshore wind energy project in Gulf of Khambat, off the coast of Gujarat.

Key Facts

The government has invited expression of interest for the country’s first offshore wind energy project, in line with its aim of having 5 GW such capacities by 2022.

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), an autonomous body under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has called for Appearance of Interest’ (EoI) for the first offshore wind energy project of India, an MNRE statement said.

The global EoI is intended to shortlist prospective offshore wind energy developers for a 1,000 MW (1 GW) offshore wind energy project in Gulf of Khambat, off the coast of Gujarat. The proposed area is located 23-40 km seaward aspect from Pipavav port.

Significance of MNRE

MNRE is attempting to develop this sector in India and envisages to replicate success of on-shore wind power sector. This will help India to realize energy security and achieve National Action Plan for Weather Change (NAPCC) focuses on.

At global level, it has been observed that, offshore wind energy is better than onshore blowing wind in terms of efficiency. The offshore wind power is also becoming competitive and comparable in conditions of tariffs.

Background

MNRE plans to install at least 5 GW of offshore wind flow capacity by 2022. According to the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy notified on October, 2015, National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), Chennai is the nodal agency to carry out the necessary studies/research before final bidding and act as a single windowpane for facilitating necessary clearances required for development of just offshore wind projects in India.

NIWE has determined areas off coasts of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu for development of offshore wind power. It had experienced installed first offshore LiDAR in Gulf of Khambhat for measurement of blowing wind resource and is collecting wind rate data from November 2017. It’ll install second LiDAR off Tamil Nadu coast by September, 2018.

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