A sub-committee under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is preparing draft policy guidelines for development of offshore wind energy projects. The policy guidelines will steer the offshore wind energy projects across coastal states and be the basis of participation of the private sector.
It was felt that since resouÂrce assessment is a time consuÂming affair, projects at the sites where initial assessment has already been carried out could be taken up initially.
S Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, C-WET, infoÂrmed that a 100 m mast at Dhanushkodi was under instaÂllation. Besides, as per the preliminary assessment done by Scottish agencies, there is a potential of one gw north of Rameshwaram and another one gw south of Kanyakumari.
The policy should contain a detailed guideline on security and safety aspects of such offshore structures. Representatives from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) could be taken on board owing to strict requirements of the missile testing procedures in the region.