December 14 (Renewables Now) - The Indian government plans to launch offshore wind tenders for at least 5 GW in 2018, the Economic Times cited Raj Kumar Singh, renewable energy minister, as saying today.
At the National Energy Conservation Day celebrations, the minister of power, new and renewable energy said a survey is already in progress at one location seen as suitable for offshore wind development. Equipment has been ordered for surveys at two other locations, Singh added.
In November it was announced that the Facilitating Offshore Wind in India (FOWIND) consortium, led by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), has commissioned India's first offshore LiDAR in the Gulf of Khambhat off Gujarat.
India currently has 32.7 GW of installed wind capacity, all onshore, according to figures from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The first steps towards offshore wind development have been made thanks to the FOWIND consortium. Suitable zones for offshore wind development have been identified off Gujarat’s and Tamil Nadu’s coasts.