Delegation of the European Union to India and Bhutan

EU-India Stakeholder Consultation Workshop on Offshore Wind

13/03/2018 - 07:51
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Towards a Development plan for India's Offshore Wind Sector

Representatives of Government of India, State Government of Gujarat, EU, Indian private and public sector and financing instutuions are working together on a  white paper for the development of India's offshore wind sector. Below is the welcome address given by the EU Ambassador at the stakeholder consultation workshop held at the India Habitat Centre on 9 March 2018:

Distinguished colleagues,

It is a great pleasure for me to address today's EU-India workshop to discuss India's road towards development of an offshore wind sector.

During the last few years the European Union has been partnering with India on concrete initiatives on the ground related to offshore wind development:

  • The FOWIND project (Facilitating Offshore Wind in India, 5 mio €)
  • The FOWPI project (First Offshore Wind Plant in India 2,3 mio €). 

The projects have

  • helped to understand the potential for this sector in India,
  • evaluated the requirements for the sector's development.

Yesterday the FOWIND project organised a workshop to present all its deliverables and the FOWPI project is now preparing the detailed design specifications for a 200 MW offshore wind project off the coast of Gujarat. 

The European Union's support to this sector in India is based on the strong expertise developed in Europe since the early 1990's.

Offshore wind is now a credible part of the energy mix and an important part of Europe's clean energy transition.

Since 2010, the technology has reached a high level of maturity and scale:

  • The EU has now an installed offshore wind capacity of over 14 GW.
  • The risk assessed is now acceptable by investors.
  • Since 2015, the offshore wind electricity production prices have reached competitive levels against fossil fuels and onshore renewable source of energy.

Let me also take this opportunity to underline the role research and innovation has played at European level to accelerate the clean energy transition agenda and curb climate change. If Europe is today on track with the targets its set on the use of e energy and energy efficiency it is because we invested also massively in research and innovation. We are ready to share the technology with our Indian partners.

Cooperation on research and innovation is also an integral part of the EU-India agenda and all the calls in the EU's funding programme called 'Horizon 2020', are open to participation of  Indian universities, research institutes and industry and SMEs.   I encourage you to check the Horizon 2020 Portal; on 1 August 2018, for example, a call on Optimising manufacturing and system operation of off-shore wind sites, will open.

The European Union is keen to further support India in cost-effectively developing its offshore wind energy potential, including through:

  • The European Investment Bank, who has a strong experience in financing such projects in Europe,
  • European Member States,
  • European Developers (DONG/Orsted and others), and
  • Technology providers.

We are delighted that we have managed today to bring a rich selection of these stakeholders together, and that these are adequately matched by Indian stakeholders.

The 5 GW pipeline for offshore wind in India which the Government announced recently sends an important message to all stakeholders about India's seriousness about developing the sector.

However, we believe that a number of issues need further clarification for international stakeholders to take their interest to the next level.

The Indian Government and the EU have therefore decided to jointly develop a "White paper" outlining India's offshore wind path, which would clarify some of the issues.

Today we will start by collecting input on the most important issues and after today the EU will support the Government in the drafting of the paper.

We hope to launch the 'White Paper' later this spring.

We look forward to your input and the collaboration on making the offshore wind sector a success in India.

Thank you for your attention.


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