will again be in the forefront among the states in the country to set up the
first off shore wind power project of 1000 MW capacity located about twelve
nautical miles from the Pipavav Port in the Gulf of Khambat as a joint project
between the Centre and the Gujarat governments.
Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Government of Gujarat (GoG) are jointly managing the country’s first
offshore wind power project, which is set to come up off the Gujarat coastline.
after MNRE called for ‘Expression of Interest’ (EoI) for the 1,000 megawatt
(MW) project, some 35 national as well as foreign developers have shown keen
interest in the project, which will be located some 12 nautical miles from the
coastline at the Pipavav port, in the Gulf of Khambhat. MNRE along with the
state government officials will be holding a presentation meeting with all the
developers that have responded to the EoI, this month.
Companies including Torrent Power Ltd and Suzlon Energy Ltd from Ahmedabad, in
addition to Deepwater Structures Inc from USA, Parkwind NV in Belgium, Equinor
ASA of Norway, Squared Capital in Singapore, Climate and
Renewables GmbH in Germany and Mainstream Renewable Powers in Philippines, among several national and international firms
have shown interest in the project. MNRE plans to install at least 5 gigawatts
of offshore wind capacity by 2022.
project will be India’s first offshore wind power project. We will invite the
interested companies to visit the site. A Request for Proposal (RFP) for this
project will be issued next month. The project will give a major push and
opportunity in Pipavav for research and development,” according to an official
of the Gujarat government.
MNRE had called for ‘Expression of Interest’ (EoI) for the offshore wind energy
project. It has received very good response and 35 national and international
developers have taken lot of interest in the project,” he added.
first offshore LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) was installed in Gulf of
Khambhat in Gujarat for measurement of wind resource and National Institute of
Wind Energy (NIWE) is collecting wind speed data from November, 2017 onwards.