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GSECL Issues EPC Tender For 2 MW Solar Project At Utran Power Station

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An engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) tender for developing a 2 MW grid-connected solar power project has been issued by the Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited (GSECL) at the state’s Utran power station. The project is expected to cost Rs 80 million. 

April 20, 2022, is the deadline for submitting proposals, and the bids will be opened on 27 April. 

Bidders from micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) registered in Gujarat must submit a Rs 200,000 earnest money deposit (EMD), while all other bidders must provide a Rs 300,000 EMD.

A selected Gujarat-based MSME bidder must present 4% of the total project cost as a performance bank guarantee (PBG). Other winning bidders must submit PBG equal to 10% of the total cost of the project.

This scope of work comprises project design, manufacturing, engineering, erection, supply, testing, procurement, and commissioning. The project must be finished within 5 months of the issuance of the letter of award.

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If the winning bidder delays project commissioning by 30 days, Rs 4,500/MW/day would be penalized as liquidated damages. If the project is delayed by more than 30 days but less than 60 days, liquidity damages of Rs 5,500/MW/day would be imposed. The liquid damages would be Rs 6,500/MW/day if the project is delayed for more than 60 days.

Liquidity losses will be proportional to the capacity that has not been commissioned by the commercial operation date. The total liquidated damages for delay will be limited to 10% of the contract value.

After commissioning, the selected contractor will be responsible for the project’s operation and maintenance (O&M) for a period of 5 years. Further, the selected bidder must present a bank guarantee for O&M of 2.5% of the total contract sum.

To take part in the bidding process, the bidder’s cumulative turnover over the past 3 fiscal years must be at least Rs 70 million, and the bidder must have a positive net worth during the most recent fiscal year.

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Additionally, the bidder must have developed, constructed, delivered, and commissioned grid-connected solar power plants with a total installed capacity of 5 MW. 

At least one commissioned project should have had a capacity of 1 MW or greater than the overall bid capacity. Alternatively, two projects with a capacity of 500 kW or more, or three projects with a capacity of 250 kW or more, will be considered. The reference projects should be up and running.

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