Bhopal Municipal Corporation Invites Proposals for a 15 MW Wind Power Project

The Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) for the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, and commissioning of a 15 MW wind power project in Madhya Pradesh.

The developer will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the project for 25 years, which will be based on annuity payments linked to monthly unit generation.

The last day to submit the bids is June 22, 2022. Bids will be opened on June 23.

The BMC intends to use this project’s power for its captive use in various pumping stations located in the Bhopal district.

The wind power project is proposed to be set up to complement the power supplied to BMC’s two 10 MW solar projects being set up in Neemuch District. These projects will supply power to water pumping stations, which require power even at night.

The wind power project will supply power from 5 pm until 10 am the next day when solar power is not ramped to its peak. The power from the wind project will be scheduled for these connections during other periods.

Bidders will have to submit a document fee of ₹25,000 (~$322.46) and an earnest money deposit of ₹5 million (~$64,493)

The selected developer must submit two separate initial performance security guarantees amounting to ₹20 million (~$257,973) within 30 days from receiving the award. This amount would be for the contract agreement of the project with an initial validity of 36 months plus a three-month claim period. The initial performance security will be released 12 months after commissioning the projects with the capacity utilization factor (CUF) parameter.

If any shortfall in achievement of notified CUF is reported during the period, then performance security in that ratio will be retained and released only after the demonstration of the notified parameter in the subsequent year.

The developer must also submit a security deposit at the rate of ₹5 million (~$64,493) for the project on achieving the commercial operation date, for the O&M period with an initial validity of three years, and then to be renewed for a block of three years.

The developer will also be required to pay the BMC consultant a project development fee plus the goods and service tax (GST). The selected bidder will have to pay ₹1.4 million (~$18,057) within a week from the award and ₹930,000 (~$11,995) within a month of completing 50% of the foundation work of the wind turbine generators. The amount of ₹930,000 (~$11,995) has to be paid within a month of commissioning the project, and ₹930,000 (~$11,995) within one month after a year of operation.

The developer will also be responsible for identifying and acquiring the land and setting up single grid connectivity and metering arrangement with the grid substation. The power generated from the project will be injected into a distribution company or Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation’s (MPPTCL) substation at a 33 kV level. The permission to obtain connectivity from Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Corporation or MPPTCL will be part of the developer’s obligation.

Bidders must have experience developing and commissioned grid-connected wind power projects of cumulative capacity not less than 30 MW in the last seven years. Out of this, they must have developed at least one 10 MW wind project.

Bidders must have an average annual turnover of at least ₹750 million (~$9.67 million) during the last three financial years ending March 31, 2021. They must have a net worth of ₹300 million (~$3.87 million). The net worth of the joint venture partners, if any, must be positive.

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