Coronavirus: SECI Cancels Pre-Bid Meet, Goes Digital For 34 MW Solar PV Power Plant in Telangana

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SECI has issued a notice in concern with tender related queries for 34 MW (AC) grid-connected ground-based solar PV power project at SCCL, Telangana.

The notice stated that it’s evident that the global outbreak of Pandemic Novel Coronavirus, COVID 19 has significantly hampered the functioning of all sectors including institutions, commercial establishments, offices & various manufacturing units are also at standstill. Due to this reason, the pre-bid meeting scheduled for this tender could not be conducted on 30.03.2020.

Nearly 3 GW of solar projects, worth Rs 16,000 crore, could be at risk of penalties for missing their respective scheduled commercial operation date (SCOD) if the impact of Coronavirus on trade with China prolongs, recently CRISIL said in a report.

On the lines of clarification given by Ministry of Finance (Department of Expenditure Procurement Policy Division), coronavirus will now be covered in the force majeure clause (FMC), the MNRE will soon issue a separate notification allowing developers facing delays extra time to commission their project without inviting any penalties.

For the current project, SECI has now requested bidders to submit their tender related queries before 05.04.2020 by 1800 Hrs as conducting Pre Bid meetings is not feasible in the current circumstances.

On 21st March, SECI issued a tender for 34 MW Solar PV Power Plant in Telangana. 20 April 2020 is the last date for bid submission and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on the same date. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 154.36 crores.

Recently, SECI also issued a notice of extension which states that the bid submission deadline of 14 MW solar power plants with 42 MWH BESS at Leh and Kargil under Prime Minister Development Package (PMDP) has been extended from 16.04.2020 to 01.06.2020.

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