Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) and Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE) have signed an agreement to partner for upcoming projects in the emerging Indian offshore wind sector.
As per the agreement, OWC and TCE will combine their capabilities to deliver engineering and project management services to Indian offshore wind developments.
OWC is part of the Aqualis ASA, an Oslo-based energy consultancy company, which is focused on developing offshore renewables technology and projects.
TCE is an engineering consultant operating in energy and infrastructure sectors. The company touts to have engineered more than 140GW of aggregate installed energy which includes thermal, nuclear, hydro and renewables capacity across the globe.
OWC business development director John MacAskill said: “We believe we can play an important part in assisting India realise this. We have been involved with offshore wind developments all over the world and our partnership with a major domestic company such as TCE will give international and local developers looking to this market their required range of technical and project management consultancy support to first bid successfully, then develop and realise their offshore wind projects in India.”
The partnership between the two companies comes in the wake of initiative taken by the Indian government for its domestic offshore wind capacity, with plans to launch 1GW of prospective capacity off of Gujarat later this year.
India is expected to increase its energy consumption due to demographic expansion, coupled with increased urbanization and demand for mobility.
Offshore wind is expected to be part of this solution. Last year, the country set a goal of installing 5GW of offshore capacity by 2022 and 30GW by 2030. An expression of interest for an offshore wind park near Gujarat was issued last April, which attracted 35 responses from both domestic and international companies and consortia.
Few days ago, OWC opened its first US office in Boston, Massachusetts. Leveraging on the office of its sister company, Aqualis Offshore, in Houston, Texas, the company took part in several US offshore wind projects.