To further develop its ocean economy sector and harness renewable energy, Mauritius aims to be among the pioneering nations in the Indian Ocean regarding the installation of an offshore wind farm. In this context, the Mauritius Research Council (MRC), the leading Government body responsible to drive research and innovation, has launched an Expression of Interest for the Development of Offshore Wind Farms for the Republic of Mauritius.
Mauritius has an exclusive economic zone of 2.3 million square kilometres. Preliminary research conducted by the MRC has yielded positive results for energy production from offshore wind farms both for Mauritius and Rodrigues. Consequently, this expression of interest consists of the second phase of this initiative to foster economic benefits from renewable energy sources. Moreover, offshore wind farms present substantial advantages for island States like Mauritius, including energy security, reduction of pressure on land, noise and other interferences associated with onshore wind farms. Additionally, it qualifies the country as a pioneer in the sector for the region in terms of future export of know-how and services.