Suzlon joins Indian government offshore study

INDIA: Suzlon has joined the Indian Ministry of Power, and wind developer Gujarat Power, to develop a demonstration offshore project in Indian waters.

The project would be between 100MW and 300MW

The group, which also includes a number of government agencies, is to carry out a feasibility study into the construction of a project of between 100MW and 300MW off the coast of Gujarat, western India.

In October, the government announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with a number of developers to work on the project. It did not name Suzlon at the time.

Suzlon said the study should take two to three years, with a decision on whether to proceed expected to be made following its completion.

A Suzlon spokeswoman said the use of offshore turbines from its German subsidiary, Senvion, would be "a possibility". However, she added that the turbines would have to be built in India.

India has long discussed the possibility of installing turbines offshore. In August 2013, the energy ministry set up the National Offshore Wind Energy Authority (NOWA), which was to be responsible for the country's offshore projects.

The government also released its draft offshore policy in May 2013, formulated by the Offshore Wind Energy Steering Committee, which is responsible for providing guidance and support to NOWA.

The policy suggested incentives such as ten-year tax holidays and duty concessions for procurement and services on offshore wind projects.

It also suggested.emonstration projects, invited by the Indian government in the future, will be exempt from paying a lease fee for a specified period.