NTPC Renewable Energy Limited (NTPC REL) has commenced the bidding process for the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) package of two 325 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Bikaner, Rajasthan. This marks a significant step in India’s ongoing efforts to expand its renewable energy capacity and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
The invitation for online bids outlines the scope of work, which includes various crucial elements such as site grading and clearing, topographical surveys, and geotechnical investigations. It also covers the design and construction of foundations and the erection of Tracker-Based Module Mounting Structures (MMS) for the solar PV panels. This extensive project involves multiple facets, from securing power and water supply for construction to the construction of inverter rooms and associated electrical and civil works for grid interfacing.
One of the key components of the project is power evacuation, which will extend up to the 33 kV Main Pooling Switchgear at the Owner’s pooling substation. Additionally, the project encompasses the laying and termination of high-tension (HT) cables, including supply, from the block boundary to the 33 kV Owner’s Main Pooling switchgear as per specifications.
The deadline for the submission of bids, which comprise both Techno-Commercial Bids and Price Bids, is set for December 12, 2023. The Techno-Commercial Bids will be opened on the same date. It’s important to note that bids lacking an acceptable bid security in a separate sealed envelope will be considered non-responsive and will not be opened. For bids in which the bid security is submitted through electronic fund transfer (EFT), proof of e-payment must be enclosed in a separate sealed envelope.
To be eligible for bidding, prospective contractors are required to meet specific qualifications. They should have experience in designing, supplying, erecting, and commissioning solar PV-based grid-connected power plants with a cumulative installed capacity of 40 MWp or higher. At least one of these plants should have a capacity of 10 MWp or higher and should have been in successful operation for a minimum of six months prior to the Techno-Commercial Bid opening date.
Furthermore, bidders should have executed an industrial project in the last ten years in sectors like power, steel, oil and gas, petrochemical, fertilizer, cement, coal mining, or other process industries. The project’s minimum financial figure should meet the specified criteria, and it should be in successful operation for at least one year or six months prior to the Techno-Commercial Bid opening.
In addition, bidders should have experience in executing at least one electrical substation of 33 kV or above voltage level, which should have circuit breakers and power transformers. This substation should be in successful operation for at least one year or six months prior to the Techno-Commercial Bid opening.
Finally, bidders are required to demonstrate a minimum average annual turnover for three financial years, as specified in the bidding documents.
Notably, bidders who meet these qualifications will be considered enlisted by NTPC REL for future solar EPC packages with project sizes of 50 MW or more for a period of three years from the date of opening of Price Bids.
This tender represents a significant investment in India’s renewable energy infrastructure and demonstrates the country’s commitment to expanding its clean energy capacity. It also presents opportunities for qualified contractors to contribute to India’s transition to a more sustainable energy future.
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