India’s government has moved a step closer to harnessing the country’s offshore wind energy potential by asking for expressions of interest for developing up to 1 GW of capacity off the coast of Gujurat.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has issued a document to gauge interest from developers with experience of installing offshore wind projects of more than 500 MW. It is also seeking interest from Indian onshore wind manufacturers and developers that have installed 500 MW of onshore wind capacity in India and who could collaborate with global offshore wind turbine companies.
It has set a deadline of 25 May 2018 for submissions.
Studies conducted by the Facilitating Offshore Wind in India (FOWIND) consortium indicate that Gujurat and Tamil Nadu could develop up to 5 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2032. The Indian government has already approved an offshore wind energy policy and announced plans for auctions for 5 GW of offshore wind energy capacity in 2018-19.
Auctions for a further 5 GW of offshore wind capacity are expected in 2019-2020.