India identifies 15 sites for offshore wind projects, targeting 30 GW by 2030
The Danish Energy Agency and the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have released a conceptual plan with a pipeline identifying 15 locations for offshore wind projects in India, including further details on the exact locations of the first 4 GW in Tamil Nadu. The conceptual build-out plan proposes identification of 14 sites in Tamil Nadu (south east India) and 1 site in Gujarat (north west India) corresponding to the planned upcoming auctions announced in the Strategy Paper for Offshore Wind, released by Government of India in July 2022.
Moreover, the report proposes four initial sites in Tamil Nadu for the first auction of 4 GW equivalent seabed in 2022-2023 for leasing to carry out required studies and surveys and subsequent project development under an open access model (under model-3 of the strategy paper). Up to 25 GW could be installed across the identified areas in Tamil Nadu alone if adopting a high capacity density. This report provides a clear pipeline and contribution to the 30 GW government target for offshore wind in 2030.
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