According to reports, in order to set up India’s first offshore wind power project — having a total installed capacity of 500 MW — Gujarat government will be signing an MoU with a Rajasthan-based company during the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit where over an estimated Rs 70,000 crore worth of deals are expected to be inked in the port sector alone. The wind power project is expected to take shape in the Gulf of Kutch near Jakhau for which Samiran Udaipur Windfarms Limited will be signing an MoU worth Rs 6,500 crore with the state government. This project will generate employment for about 500 people, state government sources told The Indian Express.
This comes almost two years after the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had set up a joint-venture company towards undertaking the first demonstration offshore wind power project along the Gujarat coast. This company was meant to undertake detailed feasibility studies for offshore wind power project. Countries like UK, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, China and others already have 7.5 GW capacity of offshore wind power projects.