Gujarat set to develop India’s first tidal energy plant

But the country lacks a tidal energy policy

By Ankur Paliwal
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

The Gujarat government is all set to develop India’s first tidal energy plant. The state government has approved Rs 25 crore for setting up the 50 MW plant at the Gulf of Kutch. It will produce energy from the ocean tides.

The state government signed a MoU with Atlantis Resource Corporation last year to develop the plant. “The proposal was approved in this year’s budget session,” says Rajkumar Raisinghani, senior executive with Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL). Atlantis Resource Corporation is a UK-based developer of tidal current turbines. “The equipment has been imported and work will start anytime soon. We are awaiting Coastal Regulation Zone clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests, which is expected soon,” adds Raisinghani.

According to the GPCL officials, if this 50 MW plant is successfully commissioned, its capacity will be increased to 200 MW.  As per a study conducted by Atlantis Resource Corporation and the state government two years ago, the Gulf of Kutch has a total potential of 300 MW. The biggest operating tidal station in the world, La Rance in France, generates 240 MW.

According to the estimates of the Indian government, the country has a potential of 8,000 MW of tidal energy. This includes about 7,000 MW in the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat, 1,200 MW in the Gulf of Kutch and 100 MW in the Gangetic delta in the Sunderbans region of West Bengal.

But despite the huge potential, India has no policy on tidal energy. “A clear policy is very important for developers to have clarity on tariff and commercial development of tidal energy in the country,” says Aditya Venketesh, executive director, Urja Global Limited, an Indian company which works in the field of renewable energy. The government must also provide subsidy to reduce the cost of importing wave technology so that consumers can get the cheapest rate on per unit consumption, he adds. The Gujarat government last year approved a 10 MW tidal energy plant proposed by Urja Global Limited in association with a US-based company Ocean Energy Industries. But no date has been given for starting the project yet.

“The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy should prepare a proper policy on tidal energy since the development of this sector is primarily their responsibility,” says an official of the GPCL, wishing anonymity. No developer will come forward unless policy shows assured benefits, he adds.



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  • Gujarat is clearly

    Gujarat is clearly spearheading the green energy campaign in India. It might be the only state doing anything noticeable. I wanted to know if the information mentioned in this article regarding the total tidal energy output potential of India being 8000MW is accurate. Because nobody seems to have mentioned the Eastern coast apart from the Sunderbans region. Would be helpful if someone could clear that up for me. Thanks

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
    • hey there is simple geographical concept behind this...... in gulf area there is considerable difference between low tide and high tide due to its naarow as there is high tide in gulf we can get more quantity of water ........................which will help full to produce tidal on easternside............there is no such a narrow gulf where we can find high tide area set tidal plant in the easter side is quite unrelevent .....

      Posted by: Saurabh Panseriya | 3 years ago | Reply
  •   Dear Karthickeyan... The


    Dear Karthickeyan...

    The information regarding the 8000MW tidal energy potential in the country is accurate. It is the Indian government's estimate. I took this information from a release which appeared  in Press Information Bureau..Below is the link.. Thanks


    Posted by: Ankur Paliwal | 4 years ago | Reply
  • Certainly Gujarat seems to be

    Certainly Gujarat seems to be the leader of the green energy effort. The other day I read that Narendra Mody's Gujarat Govt has approved covering a long stretch of Narmada with PVs to develop not only electricity from solar energy but also reduce the evaporation losses of water. It would be interesting to see to what extent this effort will benefit the region.

    Re: the accuracy of the potential of tidal energy as reported by the government,it should be verified by independent researchers.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Tidal Power Plant, is a pilot

    Tidal Power Plant, is a pilot plant for harnessing the sea waves is situated near the breakwaters of Vizhinjam Port which is about 20 km from Thiruvananthapuram city. The station started its commercial operation in 1991. This oscillating water column (OWC) produces about 150 kw of power.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • Andaman & Nicobar islands

    Andaman & Nicobar islands Electricity Department presently using HSD OIL to generate power can be reduce its expenditure by exploiting tidal energy with micro level tidal projects in different islands.
    Feasibility in Andaman &
    Nicobar Islands
    Tidal Power Plant

    Village Govind Nagar, Great Nicobar Islands at magarnalaha. Easily feasible as it as got following favorable features.
    It has approximately 2.5 meters TIDAL RANGE
    It has approximately 6 squire kilometers Basin Area.
    It has all submerge land a revenue land and does not require forest clearances.
    H.T & L.T lines already passes along side so No extra expenditure for that required.
    It has required revenue land available to install machinery needed.
    It is easily approachable as it along NS Road.
    A bridge is already constructed which makes easier to carry survey and later Install machinery required.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 6 years ago | Reply
  • I have designed a new device by which higher quantum of electricity can be generated by using tidal force. If Govt. give me financial support I will prove it and set up the tidal power project in the states situated along the coastline.

    Posted by: Anil Kumar | 3 years ago | Reply
  • It was good to know that tidal wave is coming to India. I hope this plant is ready. The details were not given what type of tidal wave it is. There was news earlier about tidal wave power plant in Goa. No further details are available. Anyway it is good to know that there is a beginning and we will see growth of this.

    Posted by: Satinder Chadha | 2 years ago | Reply