Harnessing the potential of Offshore Wind Farms
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.
According to IRENA’s Innovation outlook on offshore wind energy, this particular segment of the renewable energy sector has the potential to generate over 100 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. With the first wind farm of 160 MW of installed capacity in Denmark in 2002, current global installed capacity has exceeded 12 GW. Offshore wind farms currently account for 1.6% of power requirement for Europe and 0.1% of generation for Asia. Technological advances in the sector provides for offshore windfarms to be installed in deeper waters (up to 40 m) and further from coastlines (80 Km).
Douglas-Westwood (DW) World Offshore Wind Market forecasts 74 GW offshore wind farm addition by 2025 with project capex totalling some EUR 200 billion for the period 2016-2025.
Additional information on the EOI is accessible on the MRC website.
The closing date for submission of expressions of interest is Thursday, 4th May 2017 at latest by 15:00 hours Mauritian time (UTC/GMT+4hr).
Kindly consult the Public Procurement Website.
15 March 2017