Coal India Tenders for 100 MW Solar Plant in Gujarat

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Coal India Limited (CIL) the state-owned coal mining corporate came into being in November 1975. CIL functions through its subsidiaries in 84 mining areas spread over eight (8) states of India. Coal India Limited has 352 mines (as on 1st April 2020) of which 158 are underground, 174 opencast and 20 mixed mines has issued a tender – seeking developers for undertaking the work of complete development and handing over of a 100 MW solar PV power plant in Gujarat.

Tenders are invited on-line on the website https://coalindiatenders.nic.in from the empaneled bidders having Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) issued from any agency authorized by Controller of Certifying Authority (CCA), Govt. of India and which can be traced up to the chain of trust to the Root Certificate of CCA, for the following work:

Scope of Work: Acquisition and Handover of Land, Design, Engineering, Supply and Procurement, Construction, Erection, Testing, Commissioning, Operation and Maintenance of Solar Photovoltaic Grid-Connected Power Plant of capacity 100 MW(AC) including Evacuation Infrastructure in Gujarat

Estimated Cost of Work (Including GST) (In INR): 4,50,00,00,000/-

The last date for bid submission is April 15, 2021, and the bids will be opened on April 16, 2021. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for April 3, 2021, to address the concerns raised by the prospective bidders.

To realize its goal to cater to the energy demand of the country with coal and also through Renewable Energy, CIL has a target to become a Net-Zero Energy Company by 2024 by establishing 3 GW of solar PV power projects. The Maharatna company is currently exploring the following options for the development of solar PV projects:

a) Development of solar PV projects by CIL and its subsidiaries at own land or any other suitable land at any location in India, as available.
b) Development of large-scale solar PV projects to be awarded based on competitive bidding / to be developed in solar parks / bilaterally identified projects / any other large-scale projects as applicable.

Feasibility of execution of solar PV projects in CIL’s available land as well as in any other suitable land at any location in India is being explored.

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) floated a tender for procurement of 500 MW solar power through competitive bidding (followed by e-reverse auction) from Solar PV Power Projects to be set up in Gujarat through RfS No. GUVNL / 500 MW / Solar (Phase XII) dated 23.01.2021. As per the tender conditions, the successful bidder shall set up Solar PV Power Project including the transmission network (with grid connectivity) up to the Delivery Point at its own cost. All approvals, permits and clearances required for setting up of the Project (including transmission infrastructure, connectivity and land registration) and those required from State Government and local Bodies shall be in the scope of the successful bidder. The responsibility of getting the grid connectivity with GETCO / CTU shall entirely be of the Successful Bidder.

CIL participated in the said tender with a quoted capacity of 100 MW (AC). Upon conclusion of the Reverse E-Auction on 22.03.2021, CIL was awarded the capacity of 100 MW (AC).

CIL now issues this RFP for selection of EPC-cum-O&M contractor for the entire EPC work for the Project including acquisition and handover of encumbrance-free land (to CIL) as well as O&M of the Project for five (5) years from start of PG Test period.

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