India announces offshore wind power project

India’s first offshore wind power project has been announced by the federal government. The 100-megawatt project will be built off the coast of Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and a number of state agencies and companies, including the Gujarat Power Corporation, the National Institute of Wind Energy, the Power Trading Corporation, the Power Finance Corporation, the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency, the Power Grid Corporation of India, and the National Thermal Power Corporation.

The project, as well as environmental evaluations, will receive funding from the government. According to public officials, power transmission will also receive state subsidies.

Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister for Power and Energy, described the project as an opportunity in the development of renewable energy resources in India.

Shri Piyush Goyal

Mr.  Goyal said renewable energy is the way to go.

The Indian Ministry of Power and Energy wrote:

“It has been proposed to provide subsidy for setting up of evacuation and transmission infrastructure of the offshore wind power to the main land including financial support for carrying out studies such as wind resource assessment, Environment Impact Assessment (EIA), oceanographic survey and Bathymetric studies.”

“Ministry would also assist in obtaining clearances involved during the implementation of the project. This being a first demonstration offshore wind project in the country, will certainly provide enough learning to move into this sector by taking up similar viable projects in future, enabling India to enter in the club of countries who are in the business of offshore wind power generation.”

The Indian government said it is preparing a National Offshore Wind Energy Policy. A note has been sent to all cabinet ministers. The country already has over 22,000MW of wind power generation capacity inland.

According to the Ministry of Power and Energy, global offshore wind power projects aggregating to approximately 7.5GW have been installed in the UK (4.2GW), Denmark (1.2GW), Belgium (0.7GW), Germany (0.6GW), China (0.4GW), the Netherlands (0.2GW) and Sweden (0.2GW).

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