3 MW of Solar Projects to Come up at NTPC’s Thermal Station in Bihar

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued a tender for the installation of 3 MW of solar power projects at its Kahalgaon unit, located in Bhagalpur district of Bihar.

The projects will be developed on a turnkey basis. The brief scope of work includes the design, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the projects along with three years of operations and maintenance (O&M) services.

The last date for submission of bids is April 22, 2019. The technical bids will open on the same date. To be eligible to bid, a developer must have designed, supplied, installed, and commissioned grid-connected solar projects of a minimum 2.4 MW and they should be in successful operation.

The average annual turnover of the bidder should not be less than ₹171 million (~$ 2.50 million) in the last three financial years.

In the past couple of months, the NTPC has issued a slew of solar tenders for its various sites across the country.

Recently, it issued a tender to install a 900-kW rooftop solar PV system at NTPC-Bongaigaon thermal power project in Kokrajhar district of Assam. In January 2019, it issued a solicitation for 20 MW of grid-connected floating solar projects at its Anta gas power station in Rajasthan.

In December 2018, the NTPC had issued three tenders for floating solar projects- 100 MW at NTPC Ramagundam, located in Telangana; 25 MW  at NTPC Simhadri, located in Andhra Pradesh; and 20 MW at the reservoir of NTPC Auraiya gas power plant.

According to Mercom India Tender Tracker, NTPC has auctioned 895 MW of solar since 2015 for self-use and has been one of the government procurers of solar and also the most sought after due to its credit profile and a history of timely payments.

Recently, Mercom reported that power distribution companies in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka owed NTPC ₹58.38 billion (~$814.99 million) in outstanding power bills (both conventional and solar). A total amount of ₹18.84 billion (~$262.6 million) was due to be paid by DISCOMs to NTPC for solar power supplied under the National Solar Mission (NSM). NTPC had issued a notice to these states warning to curtail power supply in case of non-payment, along with Jammu and Kashmir which had outstanding bills running as high as ₹19.84 billion (~$280.32 million), out of which ₹16.26 billion (~$229.67 million) was pending for more than 60 days.

Nitin is a staff reporter at Mercomindia.com and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer