BHEL Invites Bids for a Solar Compact Station for 8 MW Project in Mauritius

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids for the supply and commissioning of a solar compact station for an 8 MW project at Tamarind Falls in Henrietta, Mauritius.

The last date to submit the bids is June 26, 2021, and bids will be opened on the same day.

A solar compact station is complete power conversion and grid connection solution in an enclosed structure.

Any bidder from a country that shares a land border with India will be eligible to take part in this tender only if the bidder is registered with the competent authority. BHEL has clarified that this is not a global tender.


Successful bidders will have to submit 10% of the basic value of the purchase order as the performance bank guarantee, which would include all components of the purchase order and excludes only taxes, duties, freight, and training charges.

To participate in the bidding process, the bidder should be an original equipment manufacturer of inverter or inverter transformer or medium voltage (MV) switchgear. The bidder should submit the product catalog as an inverter.

The solar compact station’s country of origin should be India, and the bidder should submit a declaration that the manufacturing works of the container, where the proposed inverter, inverter transformer, and MV switchgear along with the associated low-tension panels and other auxiliary equipment will be assembled and made in India.

The bidder should have supplied and commissioned a similar catalog or integrated outdoor solution, including the power conditioning unit of minimum 500 W rating, inverter transformer, and MV switchgear of 6.6 kV and above rating to any solar project. The commissioning certificate of the integrated solution from the customer or engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company should be submitted as evidence.

The solar compact station should be designed and assembled in a maximum of two containers and have a lifetime of at least 20 years. The containerized solar compact station should be designed with an internal auxiliary system for each compartment to ensure nominal output power up to at least 50° C ambient temperature.

The solar station container should be insulated with fireproof material to maintain waterproofness over time and efficient thermal insulation. The proposed station should be supported by a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning design calculation to be approved by BHEL. Moreover, the solar station container should have easy access to each compartment to ease installation, maintenance, and equipment retrieval.

The successful bidders will be responsible for providing BHEL with setting details for relays within his supply correctly coordinated with relays of other systems, where applicable. They will also have to provide the associated documentation, program software, and communication cables as part of their scope of supply.

For the tender, procurement from manufacturers will be preferred. If the original equipment manufacturer is engaging the services of an agent, such an agent will not be allowed to represent more than one manufacturer or supplier in the same tender. Moreover, either the agent could be on behalf of the manufacturer or supplier, or the manufacturer or supplier could bid directly, but not both.

Benefits and facilities for micro and small enterprises (MSEs) will be available to MSEs registered with the designated authorities. The tender has also made provisions for women and protected groups recognized by the government. Out of the 25% purchase preference for MSEs, 3% will be reserved for women-owned MSEs, while 6.25% of the total share will be earmarked for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes-owned MSE firms.

In March this year, BHEL had announced its plans to set up an 8 MW solar project at Tamarind Falls, , Mauritius. BHEL will provide EPC services for the project. The contract was awarded to BHEL by CEB (Green Energy) Company Limited, Mauritius – a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mauritius Government’s Central Electricity Board. The project is being funded under the Government of India’s line of credit.

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