Beach in Gujarat, India. Author: PeepleWatcher. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic.
Danish engineering firm Cowi Inc said Monday it has won a contract to design an offshore wind farm of about 50 MW off the coast of Gujarat in northwestern India.
The size of the demonstration project, which is supported by the European Commission, has not yet been determined.
“India has the capacity and the will needed to develop and establish an offshore wind industry. We're planning to design a farm generating somewhere in the range of 50 megawatt,” said Marc Normann, Cowi’s market director of industry and energy.
The Danish company says the planning phase will take three and a half years, after which the project is to be put out to tender by the Indian government. Completion is expected in 2019. This would be India's first offshore wind park.
Cowi’s role will involve consultancy and engineering services, such as electrical design, conceptual design of the foundation based on geotechnical studies and metocean analyses, and layout of the wind farm. In addition, the company will support Indian authorities in the preparation of an offshore wind policy, describing the subsidies, electricity costs and connection to the grid, among others.