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VOC Port plans to generate power through wind farms

Tuesday, 12 Jan 2021
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The VO Chidambaranar Port Trust in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, is planning to put up wind farms at the port estate to generate 50-100 MW power.

This is part of the port’s green energy initiative to fulfill the Union Ministry of Ports and Shipping’s green port policy framework.

The Port Trust has appointed the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) as project consultant to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) in four months to develop the wind farms. It has also called for expression of interest (EoI) for setting up the wind farm.

The initial project for onshore and offshore will be taken up in future. Typically, to install a one MW wind farm, it costs around Rs six crore.

Among major ports, Kandla Port generates 20.7 MW power from two wind farms -- three turbines generating six MW near Rajkot and seven turbines near Jamnagar generating 14.7 MW.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) under the Union Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has floated a tariff-based tender from wind power developers to set up the wind power projects. One of the designated 400/230 kV power delivery points in the tender is Thoothukudi.

A year ago, the VOC Port Trust entrusted the wind monitoring study at the port area with NIWE. The NIWE installed 100 MW lattice mast with wind monitoring instruments that include data logger and interconnection with NIWE server in the port estate.

For the last one year, it had collected wind data, processed raw data and simulated wind potential in the port area.

The analysis found that the port area has sufficient wind power potential to develop wind farms in the region. The mean wind speed and wind power density value during the study was 6.65 m/s and 256.86 W/m2, respectively.

The project report will cover background, benefits of the project, wind power overview, location and site details, wind characteristics, wind flow modelling and energy yield estimation, electrical power system and grid interface, project cost and financial analysis, management arrangement and time frame for the project.

As part of the green initiative, the VOC Port Trust has installed 500 kW solar roof top and installation of five MW ground-based solar PV plant and another 270 kW rooftop PV plant is under progress.

 
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