NTPC Limited has issued an enlistment tender for the supply of a Balance of System (BOS) package for its solar projects.
The scope of work includes the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, installation, testing, and commissioning of the projects, excluding the supply of solar modules. The deadline for submission of bids is November 19, 2020.
Selected bidders must also design and construct the foundation, erect module mounting structures, and mount the solar panels on them. They must also provide operation and maintenance services of the solar project, electrical equipment, consumables, and spare parts for three years from the date the trial run is completed. The enlistment will be valid for two years.
To be eligible to participate in the tender, applicants must have had an average annual turnover of at least ₹670 million (~$9 million) in the last three financial years. The net worth is expected to be greater than 100% of their paid-up share capital as of the previous financial years’ last date.
Prospective bidders must also have experience undertaking at least 40 MW of similar balance of system solar projects previously. Of these projects, at least one must have been 10 MW or above in size and must have been operating successfully for at least the last six months. Alternatively, they must have experience developing solar projects of the same specifications.
Applicants who have executed industrial projects as a developer or engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) projects worth ₹670 million (~$9 million) in the last ten years are also eligible to apply for enlistment.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, NTPC has 875 MW of projects commissioned and about 2.3 GW under development pipeline, as of June 2020. It has also issued tenders for 14.6 GW of large-scale power projects, according to Mercom India Tender Tracker.
Previously, NTPC extended the bid submission deadline for its tender for a BOS package for the 735 (3×245) MW Nokh solar power project in Rajasthan. The tender was originally floated in March this year.
In September, NHDC Limited, a joint venture between NHPC Limited and the Government of Madhya Pradesh, floated a balance of system tender for the EPC contactors to set up 1,035 MW of solar projects in Madhya Pradesh.
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Nithin Thomas is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Reuters News, he has covered oil, metals and agricultural commodity markets across global markets. He has also covered refinery and pipeline explosions, oil and gas leaks, Atlantic region hurricane developments, and other natural disasters. Nithin holds a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from Christ University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. More articles from Nithin.