First Offshore Wind Project of India (FOWPI) was a project funded by European Union (EU) and it aimed to support Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) in strengthening the country's offshore wind energy sector and provide technical assistance in preliminary implementation of first off-shore wind farm project of India, on a sea bed area of 70 sq. km. with a tentative capacity sizing of 200 MW near the Gulf of Khambat, approximately 25 km off the coast of Gujarat.
FOWPI's scope included technical advisory designs which was used by the Indian offshore wind stakeholders for advance preparations and reduce the risk for project developers and investors. FOWPI brought vast experience from offshore wind-rich countries of Europe to the Indian wind industry and helped the country in strengthening its offshore wind energy sector. This web portal was developed with an objective to act as a useful source of information about offshore wind energy industry globally.
FOWPI project was led by COWI A/S Denmark with local key-support provided by WinDForce Management Services Ltd and COWI India Ltd involved in the project implementation. The project was well supported by European Union (EU), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy- India (MNRE) and National Institute of Wind Energy- India (NIWE).
Project was awarded under the Clean Energy co-operation in India and was funded through the partnership instrument of the European Union.
FOWPI undertook specific technical studies for the selected area of 70 sq. km. under Zone-B (as outcome of FOWIND project), including coastal surveys, environment scoping, cost-benefit analysis, electrical transmission layouts, wind farm key components, and its conceptual design, and other relevant technical studies as identified.
Broadly FOWPI will cover following services:
- Building of Knowledge Banking & Capacity building
- Preliminary drawing of Farm Layout and Energy Yield Estimates
- Environmental Impact Assessment- Scoping
- Carrying out Geophysical studies
- Preliminary foundation design, including appurtenances
- Preliminary Electrical Services
- Coastal and Onshore identification
- Financial Modelling
- Permits and Procedures
Contract: No 2015/368469 Start 01-2016 Duration: 42 months