Bids Invited for a 5 MW Solar Project at Chidambaranar Port Authority

V.O. Chidambaranar Port Authority, Tuticorin, has invited bids to install a 5 MW grid-connected solar power project on a turnkey basis.

The scope of work includes the design, engineering, procurement, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the project and ten years of comprehensive operation and maintenance.

The last date to submit the bids is July 4, 2022. Bids will be opened the following day.

Bidders will have to submit ₹5 million (~$64,250) as an earnest money deposit. The successful bidder will have to furnish 3% of the contract price as a performance security deposit.


The project’s estimated cost is ₹250 million (~$3.21 million).

Bidders should have completed three similar works, each costing not less than 40% of the estimated cost, or two similar works, each costing not less than 50% of the estimated cost of the project, or one similar work costing not less than 80% of the estimated cost of the project.

The average annual financial turnover of the project during the last three financial years should be at least 30% of the total estimated project cost.

If the contractor fails to commission the project on time, the port authority will levy liquidated damages of 1% of the contract value per week for works costing up to ₹ 1million. For all other works, damages of 0.5% of the contract value per week of delay will apply, subject to a maximum of 10% of the contract value.

The glass used to make the crystalline silicon modules should be toughened low iron glass with a minimum thickness of 4 mm for 72-cell modules and 3.2 mm for 60-cell modules. The glass should have a transmittance above 90% and a bending of less than 0.3% to meet the specifications.

The peak output wattage capacity of the modules should not be less than 90% of the initial value at the end of ten years and 80% of the initial value at the end of 25 years.

Recently, Solar Energy Corporation of India announced the annulment of the tender it had issued to develop a 5 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar power project at V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust. The scope of work included design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, commissioning, and operation and maintenance of the project.

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