MNRE Extends All Deadlines For One Sun One World One Grid

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has recently issued a notice in regards with Extension of timelines of each activity of the RFP for Developing a Long Term Vision, Implementation Plan, Road Map and Institutional Framework for implementing One Sun One World One Grid.

The notice states that “In view of the prevailing situation and lockdown in many parts of the country due to Covid-19 pandemics and requested by many consulting firms, it has been decided to extend the timeline of each activity “.

Accordingly, the pre bid meeting for this tender has been extended from 5 th June 2020 to 22nd June 2020.Deadline for submission of Questions  has been extended from 15th June 2020 to 29th June 2020.Date of response to vendors’ requests for clarification   has been extended  29th June, 2020 to 13th July, 2020.

The date of deadline for submission of proposals Online and hardcopy has been extended from  6th July 2020 and 8th July, 2020 to 22nd July 2020and  24th July, 2020 respectively.Evaluation of the proposals & approval remains the same that is for a period of  4 weeks (estimated).

Recently,The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India has issued proposals from qualifying Consulting Firms for “Developing a long-term vision, implementation plan, road map and institutional framework for implementing “One Sun One World One Grid”.The scope of work is planned to be undertaken in a phased approach consisting of three phases viz. assessment, design & pilot followed by a full-scale roll-out. 

The initiative is planned across three phases:  Phase I (Middle East-South Asia-SouthEast Asia (MESASEA) interconnection): Indian Grid interconnection with Middle East, South Asia and South East Asian grids to share solar and other renewable energy resources for meeting electricity needs including peak demand. For this purpose, an assessment shall be made of renewable energy potential of all countries in these regions and a study carried out so as to how they can share their renewable energy resources with each other for meeting their electricity demand including peak demand and also for rationalizing their tariffs.  Phase II (Solar and other Renewable Energy resources rich regions’ interconnection): MESASEA grid getting interconnected with the African power pools to share solar and other renewable energy power of the countries located in solar and renewable energy rich areas. Phase III (Global interconnection): to achieve the One Sun One World One Grid vision 

To qualify for this bid the bidding entity must be a legal entity registered either in India or any other country under applicable laws. JV or Consortium is allowed (Lead partner or consortium/JV partner) of complementary functional expertise with at least one Indian firm in the JV or Consortium. JV or Consortium should include adequate expertise to demonstrate the following:  Direct experience on cross border power transmission covering multiple countries (i.e South Asia, South East Asia, Africa, China, Europe, Middle East, North America etc.,) In depth understanding of Power systems, power market, power planning, Transmission planning covering each country of interest,Direct experience in under sea transmission feasibility and experience in desert (extreme weather variation),Experience in environment and social impact assessment studies.

The bidding entity must  also have MAAT (Average of last 3 years) to be INR 500 Crores from consulting business in India or any other country. Chartered Accountant certificate should be provided.

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