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A notice inviting tender (NIT) for the EPC (engineering, construction, and procurement) and module manufacturing has been rolled out by the Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL) for 20 MW grid-operated solar projects on its thermal power station. The opening date for bids is May 18, 2022, and the last date to submit the same is May 12, 2022.
The project will be divided into three halves, each with a capacity of 7 MW, 8 MW, and 5 MW. The selected bidder must complete the entire project in 12 months after receiving the grant letter. All the operations and maintenance (O&M) related to the project will also be the selected bidder’s responsibility for five years.
Within the premises of Durgapur projects in West Bengal, 50 acres, 30 acres, and 28 acres of land have been set aside for the installation of these three projects.
Bidders must pay Rs 20 million as an earnest deposit. Successful bidders will be required to provide a contract bank guarantee of 3% of the entire project cost. The winning bidder will be required to provide an extra 10% of the project cost as a contract performance bank guarantee if the bid price is less than Rs 794 million.
As per eligible criteria for bidders, over the last seven years, applicants must have supplied, tested, designed, and installed rooftop and floating solar projects with at least one 7 MW project or two 4 MW projects at a single location. These projects had to have been operational for at least six months before the bid deadline. Bidders also must have handled the O&M of these projects.
In the last three financial years, bidders must have booked an average yearly turnover of Rs 300 million. For the last three years, ending March 31, 2021, bidders should have a positive net worth, and it cannot be less than 100% of the paid-up share capital.
Any work delay beyond the stated schedule will cost the contractor some charge. Each week’s delay will cost him an amount equal to 0.5 percent of the contract value, it may reach 10 percent of the overall project cost.
The project should provide a minimum of 1.54 MU of solar energy per MW per year, with degradation of 0.7 percent starting in the second year.