Wind Energy – India
The Danish Energy Agency and the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy have published a conceptual plan with a pipeline identifying 15 locations for offshore wind in India.
The conceptual plan provides substantial inputs to the current stakeholder dialogue on the recently released draft tender document from the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
The joint study was presented at a high-level event in Chennai, India on November 23, 2022 as an activity under the Centre of Excellence for Offshore Wind and Renewable Energy, a joint initiative between The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and The Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
It highlights the rough and fine screening process as well as a conceptual build plan for the selected zones off the coast of Tamil Nadu and Gujarat and is based on Denmark’s approach to maritime spatial planning for offshore wind. The plan provides substantial inputs to the current stakeholder dialogue on the recently released draft tender document from MNRE.
Moreover, the two parties presented a viability assessment of existing port infrastructure in proximity to the coasts off the two states including recommendations for upgrades and development.
The projects provide significant input to the undergoing stakeholder consultation on the draft tender document for the first offshore wind parks in India, released by MNRE on November 14, 2022. This includes further details on the exact locations of the first 4 GW in Tamil Nadu that MNRE have taken into consideration as part of the comprehensive stakeholder inputs.
The conceptual build-out plan proposes identification of 14 sites in Tamil Nadu (south east India) and 1 site in Gujarat (north west India) corresponding to the planned upcoming auctions announced in the Strategy Paper for Offshore Wind, released by Government of India in July 2022.