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India to approve its first offshore wind farm

Government to formulate policy for potential sites but construction may take some time

The Indian government could soon approve the country’s first offshore wind farm
The Indian government could soon approve a site for the country’s first offshore wind farm

India could soon see development start on its first offshore wind farm. The Indian government may soon allow project developers to set up the first offshore wind project in the country, according to reports.

The government initiative has been taken after several project developers have expressed willingness to set up offshore projects which they say may deliver higher revenue compared to onshore projects, according to CleanTechnica.com.

It reported leading companies in India, such as ONGC, have asked government agencies to let them set up offshore projects. The government is believed to have started work on formulating an allocation or auction policy for potential project sites. However, the actual implementation may take a significantly longer time.

Reports suggest that a lack of transmission infrastructure may be an issue, which will cause a delay to construction. Onshore projects in Tamil Nadu, the leading state in wind energy generation, have been grappling with lack of transmission infrastructure. Some project developers have even moved their projects out of Tamil Nadu due to power evacuation issues.

It said while there are a number of technology providers in India which can provide integrated services for offshore projects, installing transmission lines could be a big task.

But project developers seem attracted to offshore projects, as most of the high-wind-density onshore sites have already been used up. The eagerness of the project developers to venture into offshore projects is a testament to the increased confidence and risk appetite of companies in the wind energy sector, it said.