Sources in India have confirmed to OWJ that the Indian government is to press ahead with an initial tender for offshore wind before the upcoming general election in the country.
CmY Consultancy founder Charles Yates said colleagues in India had confirmed press reports that the tender, for an offshore windfarm off the coast of Gujarat, would be launched shortly, even though the election campaign has already started and is expected to be a tight one. The election will take place between April and May 2019.
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is expected to issue a tender for the circa 1-GW project offshore Gujarat in weeks.
Speaking in mid-January 2019, during a presentation at a recent summit meeting in the state, MNRE secretary Anand Kumar said “The location for first offshore windfam has already been identified. We will come out with a tender for 1 GW in a month’s time.”
A number of leading companies in the offshore wind industry are understood to have responded to a request for expression (EOI) of interest in the project. They are believed to include Ørsted, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, innogy, Equinor and Parkwind. Indian players are also understood to have responded to the EOI.
The Modi administration in India wants to build the country’s first offshore windfarms, but questions have been raised about the effect that the general election might have on the timing of the process, whether the commitment to offshore wind will remain should Mr Modi not win the election, and the size of the first project, tariffs and affordability.
India already has the world’s fourth-largest onshore wind market, with an installed capacity of close to 33 GW, but Mr Modi sees offshore wind power playing an important role in India in future due to the large wind resources available near centres of high-energy demand.
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