Offshore wind India: before you look up at the turbines, look down at the ground risks

Offshore wind will be one of the main pillars of India’s energy transition, as was proven in June 2018 when the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) set national targets for offshore wind power of 5GW by 2022 and 30GW by 2030. The first 1GW tender, expected to be launched off Gujarat later this year, has attracted some of the biggest international offshore wind players together with many Indian renewables’ developers. The spectacular cost reductions achieved by the offshore wind industry in Europe have attracted the attention of many countries, including India, interested in exploring offshore wind as a viable source of energy generation. Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) and Tata Consulting Engineers have been developing a paper on India’s offshore wind outlook reviewing the policies and risks and presenting the key risks offshore wind developers and OEMs will face navigating the Indian offshore wind market. Among those risks, the study of soil conditions is a major driver for foundation and wind turbine generator designs and, hence, project economics. This article aims to summarise and shed more light on the soil conditions developers will find in the most advanced Indian offshore wind regions: Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Previous desk studies … Continue reading Offshore wind India: before you look up at the turbines, look down at the ground risks