In a significant development in the field of renewable energy, Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) has issued an invitation for bids from eligible parties to establish a pre-tender tie-up for a substantial project in Oman. The project, titled “DESIGN, ENGINEERING, SUPPLY, CONSTRUCTION, TESTING, COMMISSIONING INCLUDING OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF 20MW MUSCAT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT & 6MW SALALAH AIRPORT SOLAR PV PROJECTS ON ASSET LEASE BASIS FOR FIXED TENURE in Oman,” is being undertaken for a prestigious client in Oman.
TCIL, a government-owned enterprise under the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, India, was established in 1978 with the objective of sharing India’s telecom expertise with developing nations. It also plays a pivotal role in aiding bulk users of telecom services in creating dedicated telecom networks.
Interested bidders should take note that the deadline for submitting bids is set for October 16, 2023. The bid opening process will also take place on the same day.
The project’s extensive scope encompasses various aspects, including design, engineering, supply, construction, testing, commissioning, and subsequent operation and maintenance.
One noteworthy aspect is that bidders are exempted from the obligation to pay tender fees and earnest money deposits. However, they are required to provide an undertaking to submit a Performance Security Guarantee (PBG) that corresponds to the PBG submitted by TCIL to the end client. The PBG should be equivalent to a minimum of 5% of the contract value, or as determined on a case-by-case basis if TCIL is awarded the contract.
In addition, bidders must meet certain financial criteria. The average annual financial turnover of bidders over the past three years, up to the end of the previous financial year on March 31, should be at least 30% of the estimated purchase cost, with a lower threshold of 25% applicable to micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and startups.
This initiative by TCIL reflects a commitment to expanding renewable energy infrastructure and contributing to sustainable development in Oman, underscoring the growing importance of solar power in the global energy landscape.