Indian Railways Seeks to Empanel Construction Contractors to Develop Solar Projects

IRCON International Limited (IRCON), (formerly Indian Railways Construction Company Limited), has invited an expression of interest (EoI) from specialist construction contractors to associate with IRCON for its upcoming projects.

The contractors should have experience in effluent treatment p-lants, chilled water distribution systems, and solar-based grid-connected power projects. The firm should have the experience of carrying out work headed by the state and central authorities in India or similar authorities abroad.

The scope of work entails the empanelment of contractors for the Seabird Project of Indian Navy at Karwar, Karnataka along with other future projects. The validity of empanelment will be initially for one year and may be extended further based on the performance of the applicant.

The last date for the submission of bids is January 20, 2020.



For solar power projects at the dockyard, the bidder should have designed, supplied, erected, supervised, and commissioned rooftop solar projects of cumulative installed capacity of 5 MW or more out of which one project should be at least 1.75 MW capacity. The project should have been in operation for the last seven years ending six months before the last date of submission of the request for qualification (RfQ).

For solar power projects in fleet base buildings, the bidder should have designed, supplied, erected, supervised, and commissioned grid-connected rooftop solar projects of cumulative installed capacity of 2 MW or more out of which one project should be at least 500 kW capacity.

IRCON is a specialized construction organization under the Ministry of Railways covering the entire spectrum of construction activities and services in the infrastructure sector. According to IRCON, it has so far completed about 380 infrastructure projects in India and 128 projects across the globe in more than 24 countries.

In June 2019, the Indian Navy announced that it had pledged 1.5% of its entire works budget towards renewable energy generation. To achieve this goal, it has formulated a plan called the Indian Navy Environment Conservation Roadmap (INECR), with specific action plans covering the entire gamut of operations, maintenance, administration, and infrastructure. It also reported that nearly 24 MW of solar PV projects consisting of both rooftop solar and ground-mounted solar projects are under execution at various shore establishments of the Navy.

Recently, the Military Engineer Services (MES) issued a tender for a 500 kW rooftop solar power project at Indian Naval Air Station at Rajali, Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu.