GWEC to develop Indian offshore roadmap

INDIA: The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is working with the Indian authorities to develop a roadmap for the development of offshore wind in the country.

Experience gained in the European offshore market will be key
Experience gained in the European offshore market will be key

The project, which will focus on the states of Gujurat and Tamil Nadu, will be supported by a EUR 4 million grant from the European Union's Indo-European Cooperation on Renewable Energy programme.

GWEC will work with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and state governments to look at the challenges and opportunities presented by offshore wind. The project will use resource mapping, policy guidance and the assessment of infrastructure improvements to create a 2032 roadmap,

"One of the goals of the project will be to learn as much as possible from the European experience to ensure that when India ventures offshore it does so in the most effective way possible," GWEC said in a statement.

As well as government bodies, GWEC will work with local partners.

The World Institute for Sustainable Energy based in Pune, Maharashtra, will host the project-management unit and focus on the state of Gujarat. The Centre for the Study of Science, Technology and Policy, based in Bangalore will focus on the state of Tamil Nadu.

DNV-GL will, through its Bangalore-based subsidiary, provide expertise in the offshore industry, as well as technology assessment.

Last year, India created the National Offshore Wind Energy Authority (NOWA) that will be responsible for the country's offshore wind projects.

Its preliminary assessments indicate prospects along the coastline of Kerala, Karnataka and Goa, as well as the potential to establish two 1GW wind farms on the coast of India's southern state of Tamil Nadu.

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