Bhopal Municipal Corporation Issues Tender for 21 MW of Solar Projects

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Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has invited bids for the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, and commissioning of 21 MW (2×10.5 MW) of solar power projects in the Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh on an annuity payment basis.

The successful bidder will also have to take care of the operation and maintenance for 25 years.

BMC intends to set up the two solar power projects to wheel power for its captive use at various pumping stations located in the Bhopal administrative district.

The last date to submit the bids is September 8, 2022. Bids will be opened the following day.


Bidders will have to submit ₹5 million (~$62,823) as an earnest money deposit. The successful bidder should furnish two performance securities amounting to ₹10.5 million (~$131,929) each for the 10.5 MW capacity. The performance securities must be submitted within 30 days of the award. They must have a validity of 36 months plus a three-month claim period.

BMC will support the selected bidder by making a payment of ₹140 million (~$1,76 million) per project. The remaining cost of the project as incurred by the developer will be paid on an annuity basis linked to the monthly electrical energy generated for 25 years.

BMC, which is in the process of getting the land from the Madhya Pradesh Renewable Energy Department, will provide the land for the project.

The AC power generated from both the projects has to be injected to Rampura 132/33 kV Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company (MPPTCL), Jabalpur’s substation at 33 kV level, using separate circuits for each project. Permission to obtain connectivity from Madhya Pradesh Paschim Kshetra Vidyut Vitaran Company or MPPTCL would be part of the developer’s obligation.

Bidders must have experience developing grid-connected solar power projects on a turnkey basis, including supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of solar power projects and solar systems of a cumulative capacity not less than 50 MW, including associated civil works in the last seven years. The solar power project must have been in operation for at least six months from the date of commissioning.

They should have experience developing grid-connected solar projects on a turnkey basis, including supplying, installing, testing, and commissioning at least one grid-connected solar power project with an individual capacity of 10 MW or above in the last seven years. Such a solar project must have been operating for at least six months from commissioning.

During the last three financial years, bidders should have an average annual financial turnover of at least ₹1 billion (~$12.56 million). Their net worth as of the last date of the previous financial year should be at least ₹300 million (~$3.77 million).

In May this year, BMC invited bids from consultants to provide consultancy services to set up 20 MW of solar projects to supply power to its high-tension consumers.

Earlier, BMC invited bids from engineering, procurement, and construction contractors to set up two solar projects with a capacity of 10 MW each in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh.

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