MNRE releases draft tender for sea bed leasing for offshore wind energy projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a tender to lease sea-bed blocks off the coast of Tamil Nadu for surveying and developing offshore wind energy projects. According to the official document, developers will be chosen through an international competitive bidding process. The offshore wind power developer will also be responsible for grid connectivity and long-term open access to the grid. The energy produced will be consumed in captive mode and sold to third parties under an open access framework, or sold through power exchange.

The National Institute of Wind Energy or its designated agency will issue a letter of consent to the selected developer after obtaining the necessary clearances. It also stated that the MNRE will enter into a survey lease deed with the successful bidder to grant the successful bidder a lease of the seabed for a period of five years. This can be further extended by period for additional two years to carry out study survey and development activities to prepare a detailed project report.

The developer will be responsible for establishing offshore wind projects, including the offshore pooling station at a voltage level of 220 kV. Metering for energy accounting purposes will be performed at respective onshore pooling stations. The minimum capacity for first-part commissioning acceptance shall be 100 MW or 50 per cent of the allocated project capacity, whichever is less.