India to get offshore wind 'roadmap'

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is spearheading a four-year project aiming to develop a roadmap for offshore wind power development in India, with a first focus on the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

The project, which will be partnered by developer Gujarat Power, classification body DNV GL, the World Institute of Sustainable Energy  (Wise) and southeast Asia think-tank the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) is supported by €4m ($5.5m) from the EU’s Indo-European Cooperation on Renewable Energy programme.

“The project … falls perfectly in line with the vision of the government of India for development of offshore wind power in the country. The project is being launched when the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is also working towards the introduction of National Offshore Wind Energy Policy in India," says India’s joint secretary at the MNRE, Alok Srivastava.

Resource mapping, policy guidance and capacity building measures, and an assessment of the infrastructure base are central to the project, which has as its “final goal” an “offshore wind outlook and development pathway” through to 2032.

The scheme, being project managed out of Wise’s Pune offices, also aims to build partnerships at a technical, policy and research level both within India and between Indian and EU companies, research groups and institutions.

GWEC secretary general Steve Sawyer said: “We believe that with careful analysis and thorough preparation drawing on our global network, offshore wind can make a significant contribution to ensuring that clean energy plays the dominant role in supplying India’s growing energy needs.”