Wind power 'mantra' at Petronet-LNG and Oil India

Vol 17, PW 17 (10 Apr 14) People & Policy

Petronet-LNG has joined the list of oil and gas companies building onland wind farms along India’s western coastline.

Several Indian and overseas companies are expected to respond to a March 28 invitation to bid for an estimated Rs270cr ($45m) 40-MW facility in Gujarat to help power the expansion of its 10m t/y Dahej LNG terminal. “Our electricity requirements are going to shoot up,” says a Petronet-LNG source.

Wind-generated electricity is critical to Petronet-LNG plans to raise Dahej capacity to 15m t/y by 2016 and 20m t/y by 2020, he adds. April 17 is the bid deadline.

On March 18, Oil India began selling EPC bid documents for an estimated Rs335cr ($56m) 50-MW capacity wind farm to add to total installed capacity of 67.6-MW at two facilities in Rajasthan. Oil India has set a tight deadline of February 2015 for project completion in Gujarat or Madhya Pradesh.

April 11 is the bid deadline. Among those expected to respond to both tenders are Ahmedabad-based Suzlon, General Electric, Chennai-based RRB Energy and Gamesa from Spain.

Both Petronet-LNG and Oil India want bidders to offer O&M (operations and maintenance) coverage for 20 years. At Oil India’s pre-bid on March 31 only RRB Energy failed to attend.

Gujarat‘s 1600-km coastline can support the installation of 35,000-MW of wind power but has current capacity of just 3093-MW.

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