MNRE allows additional 3-month extension in the commissioning of wind projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable energy (MNRE) has granted and additional three months’ time extension in the scheduled commissioning date to wind power projects as a special case, considering the supply chain disruption due to the second COVID-19 surge followed by monsoon related disruptions.

To provide relief to wind power project developers on account of supply chain disruption due to second COVID-19 surge, it has been decided that for wind

power projects for which the PPA was signed before June 15 2021 the implementing agencies can allow an additional time extension up to three months in the SCD,” the ministry said in an office memorandum recently.

It added that the extension might be considered on a case-to-case basis after due diligence and careful consideration of the specific circumstances of the case.

According to the official statement, MNRE had received various representations from wind industry requesting additional time extension for wind power projects as a special case, considering supply chain disruption due to second COVID-19 surge followed by monsoon related disruptions.

As such manufacturing of wind turbines requires a large number of components. Also, installation of wind turbines requires transportation of heavy/ large components such as nacelle, tower, blades, etc as well as movement of construction machinery at the site. The broad disruption period considered by MNRE during the second COVID-19 surge ended on 15 June 2021. This was immediately followed by monsoon season in various parts of the country, during which the movement of heavy machinery required for installation of wind turbines became a constraint.

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