Met mast installation for India's first near-shore turbine

2GW potential off Tamil Nadu, as gov't works on offshore policy

A 100m met mast will be installed at Dhanushkodi in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to collect wind resource data for future offshore wind developments in the area.

Dhanushkodi lies at the easternmost edge of Tamil Nadu, close to Sri Lanka, and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Plans to install a near-shore turbine there by 2017 are in the pipeline, however, this will not be possible unless offshore wind-specific policies and financial incentives are established, according to S Gomathi Nayagam, executive director of India’s Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), speaking with Windpower Offshore.

 "The current wind power policy does not cover this area, so unless we have a new policy we cannot move forward," said Nayagam.

C-WET has been working on the Dhanushkodi project with assistance from Scottish Development International, Scotland’s international economic development agency. Preliminary research indicates that about 2GW of offshore wind capacity could be built off Tamil Nadu - 1GW possible north of Rameswaram and another 1GW south of Kanyakumari.

An independent organisation under the administrative control of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), C-WET is based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and serves as a research and development centre for India’s wind energy industry.

India’s central government recently established a steering committee charged with developing policies to support offshore wind development. It will be led by the MNRE and has been charged with tackling a range of issues, including coastal security, environmental impacts, extreme weather, sea conditions, and existing marine activities controlled by India’s Ministry of Defence, Department of Space, and other bodies.

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