Atlantis is currently assessing the viability of a large scale projects in the tidal resource rich state of Gujarat in India. The Atlantis project origination team is working with local and state government to assess the economic viability of 100+MW tidal turbine farms in the Gulfs of Khambhat and Kutch.
The Gulf of Khambhat (formerly known as the Gulf of Cambay) is an inlet of the Arabian Sea along the west coast of India, in the state of Gujarat. It is about 80 miles in length, and divides the Kathiawar peninsula to the west from the eastern part of Gujarat state on the east. The Narmada and Tapti rivers empty into the Gulf. The Gulf is shallow and abounds in shoals and sandbanks. The Gulf is known for its extreme tides (9m), and currents up to 4.5m/s.
The Gulf of Kutch is an east – west oriented indentation north of Saurashtra Peninsula. It is about 170km long and 75km wide at the mouth, narrowing down abruptly with a distinct constriction at 70°20’E at Satsaida Bet, and dividing into a creek system often called the Little Gulf of Kutch. The Gulf has an area of 7300km2 and a volume of 220,000Mm3. Depth varies from 20m at the head (Kandla-Navlakhi) to 60m in the outer region. The average depth is 30m, the minimum 3m above chart datum in the inner creeks. The Gulf Kutch is known for its tidal range of up to 8m and charts indicate flow rates of up to 5knots.