₹1,354-crore projects plan to develop Pipavav, Tuticorin offshore wind ports

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will submit a proposal to the Ministry of Shipping to develop the ports of Pipavav (Gujarat) and Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu) to prepare them for handling offshore wind project cargoes.

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), which reports to the MNRE, has conducted a study of what needs to be done in these two ports in terms of dredging, land reclamation, shore defenses and docking facilities.

dr Revealing this at the second UK India Offshore Wind Summit organized by the UK Government and the Global Wind Energy Council, Rajesh Katyal said the port of Pipavav would cost £622m to develop and Tuticorin £732m.

He said that the Indian government would decide whether the projects would be funded by the government itself or would apply to the World Bank for funding.

New investment

This proposal gains momentum given that the Indian government will soon launch tenders for “sea ground leases” – first for 4 GW projects off the coast of Tamil Nadu and then for 1 GW off the coast of Gujarat.

Katyal said the port infrastructure would be ready when developers were ready to line up the projects.

The summit released the report entitled “Capability Assessment of India’s Offshore Wind Supply Chain” based on a study conducted by MEC Intelligence, a consultancy, and the UK Government’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. The report notes that “new port investments” can vary between 1,500 crore and 3,000 crore.

Alexander Ellis, UK High Commissioner for India, spoke at the Summit, noting that he came from “a small, crowded, windy island” which is very suitable for offshore wind, and that the UK was learning a lot about offshore wind energy got , regarding research, supply chain and “what works and what doesn’t work”. As India moves down the offshore wind energy path, “Britain can share and learn together through its investments, ventures, research and systems”.

Noting the huge potential for offshore wind power off the coasts of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, Ellis said, “It is massively in the UK’s interest for India to develop its offshore wind industry” because of what India (and China) is doing on climate change , affects the whole world.

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