The Gas Authority of India (GAIL) has floated a tender for the installation of rooftop solar projects with a total capacity of 3.2 MW at various locations of GAIL across India on a lump-sum turnkey basis.
The area-wise break up is 36.72 kW in the North East, 47.45 kW in Tamil Nadu, 171.6 kW in Telangana, 130 kW in Uttar Pradesh, 646.42 kW in Gujarat, 1751.65 kW in Madhya Pradesh, 67.6 kW in Rajasthan, 328.7 kW in Andhra Pradesh, and 18.2 kW in Delhi.
Interested bidders will have to pay an amount of ₹2.28 million (~$32,217) as the earnest money deposit (EMD) and the last date for the submission of bids is November 29, 2019. The pre-bid meeting will take place on November 14, 2019.
The purview of the work includes the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of solar rooftop projects at the respective sites. The scope of work also includes the operation and maintenance of the installed solar systems for a period of five years.
The total time period given for the completion of the projects across all sites is six months.
The contract period for the operation and maintenance will be valid for five years from the date of successful commissioning of the project at the respective sites.
As far as the eligibility criteria are concerned, the interested bidders should have successfully completed the design, engineering, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of solar projects of a minimum total capacity of 0.8 MW in a single work order in any government, PSU, private sector companies in the last seven years from the bid due date.
The minimum annual turnover of the bidder should be ₹56 million (~$790,000) in any one of the three preceding financial years and the net worth of the bidder should be positive as per the last audited financial statement.
On the technical side, the PV modules used for the projects must qualify for the latest edition of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) PV module qualification test or equivalent BIS standards. For the PV modules to be used in a highly corrosive atmosphere, they must qualify for IEC 61701 and the total solar PV array capacity should not be less than the allocated capacity and should comprise of solar crystalline modules of minimum 300 Wp and above wattage.
Earlier this year, GAIL had issued an annual domestic bidding contract for the operation and maintenance of a 5 MW solar PV project at Ramgarh, Jaisalmer. The solar project is being developed under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission, batch -II, phase-I, utilizing multi-crystalline solar PV modules.
Last year, GAIL had commissioned a 5.76 MW grid-connected rooftop solar project developed under the domestic content requirement category. The 5.76 MW rooftop solar project is spread over the roofs of warehouses covering a total roof area of 65, 000 square meters.
Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.