Denmark and India have signed a Letter of Intent to establish a Center of Excellence for offshore wind in India.
The LoI was signed by A.N. Sharan, Joint Secretary, Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, and Peter Taksøe-Jensen, the ambassador of the Danish Embassy to India.
India has established a goal of having 5GW of operating offshore wind capacity by 2022 and as much as 30GW by 2030.
In April 2018, India invited expressions of interest from suitable and experienced bidders for the development of a 1,000MW offshore wind project. The call for expressions of interest attracted 35 responses from potential developers.
The list includes the leading offshore wind developer Ørsted, as well as Van Oord, Equinor, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, PNE Wind, wpd, E.ON, innogy, Suzlon Energy in cooperation with DEME Group, Macquarie Group, Mainstream Renewable Power, Senvion, Shell India Markets, Parkwind, Northland Power, and Saipem, among others.
A number of companies teamed up with turbine manufacturers to submit their bids for the project. The turbine manufacturers include Senvion, Siemens Gamesa, and MHI Vestas.