The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued a tender to lease sea-bed blocks for carrying out survey and subsequent development of offshore wind energy projects off the coast of Tamil Nadu. The official document added that the selection of developers will be through an international competitive bidding process.
It added that grid connectivity and long-term open access to the grid will be in the scope of the offshore wind power developer and the energy generated will be consumed in captive mode or sold to third parties under open access framework or sold through power exchange. “National Institute of Wind Energy or its designated agency will issue a letter of consent to the selected developer for carrying out the offshore wind measurement and other surveys after obtaining
requisite clearances from concerned ministries according to the National offshore Wind Energypolicy,” said the official document. MNRE will enter into an agreement to lease with the successful bidder for such a project selected based on the tender document, it said. It further added that MNRE will enter into a survey lease deed with the successful bidder to grant a lease of the seabed to the successful bidder for a period of five years which can be extended by additional two years in order to carry out study survey and development activities necessary to prepare a detailed project report and advance a project to financial close.
“The developer shall set up the offshore wind projects, including the offshore pooling station at the voltage level of 220 kV. Metering for the purpose of energy accounting shall be done at respective onshore pooling stations,” said the tender document. The minimum capacity for acceptance of first part commissioning shall be 100 MW or 50 per cent of the allocated project capacity, whichever is lower.
“Minimum capacity for acceptance of first part commissioning shall be 100 MW. A project capacity of up to 500 MW or less can be commissioned in maximum three parts and from 501 MW to 1,000 MW project capacity can be commissioned in maximum five parts,” said the document.
The projects with capacity more than 500 MW can be commissioned in parts of at least 200 MW each, with the last part being the balance capacity. The Scheduled Commissioning Date for commissioning of the full capacity of the project shall be the date as on 48 months from the effective date of the agreement.