NLC India Invites Bids to Set Up 100 MW ISTS-Connected Solar Power Projects

NLC India has invited bids to set up 100 MW interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected solar power projects on a pan India basis.

The successful bidder will have to take care of the operation and maintenance activities of the project for three years.

The scope of work includes getting approval for connectivity and long-term access (LTA), land procurement, design, engineering, site development, supply, erection, testing, and commissioning of the 100 MW solar power project’s total capacity with the associated evacuation system.

The last date to submit the bids online is April 8, 2022. Bids will be opened on the same day.



Interested bidders will have to submit an amount of ₹98.51 million (~$1.29 million) as a bid guarantee. The successful bidder will have to furnish an amount equivalent to 5% of the contract value as a performance bank guarantee within 30 days from the date of issue of letter of award (LOA).

The time schedule for the commercial operation declaration of the entire capacity of the project has been set as 15 months from the date of the letter of award.

In the event of a delay in commissioning the project, the total contract price shall be reduced by 0.5% of the total contract price per week of delay or part on pro-rata basis of non-commissioned capacity, thereof subject to a maximum of 5% of the total contract price excluding operation and maintenance price by way of reduction in price for the delay and not as a penalty.

The minimum land requirement for the project is 3.5 acres/MW.

Only Class-I local suppliers are eligible to participate in this tender. The local content requirement to classify a supplier as a ‘Class-I Local Supplier’ is equal to or more than 50%.

The land proposed for the project site should have clear titles and should be free from encumbrances, litigation, bank attachments, court proceedings, or land acquisition proceedings. The land proposed for the project should be at a single location, and it can be through outright purchase or lease.

In January last year, NLC India invited bids to enlist domestic engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) vendors to construct ground-mounted solar projects developed by NLC India and the Coal Lignite Urja Vikas Private Limited.

Earlier, NLC India had invited bids to set up a 10 MW (AC) grid-connected captive solar power project at Neyveli thermal station under the EPC mode.

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