NTPC Floats Tender for 300 MW of ISTS-Connected Wind Projects

NTPC Limited has invited bids to develop 300 MW of interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected wind energy projects anywhere in India.

The scope of work includes detailed design, engineering, micro-siting, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, commissioning, and installation of wind turbine generators, control panels, reactive power compensating devices, central monitoring, and wind monitoring masts.

The last date to submit the bids is October 19, 2021, and bids will be opened on the same day.

The minimum capacity to be offered by a single bidder should be 50 MW, and the maximum project capacity to be offered by a single bidder is 300 MW.


The bidder, as an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor or a developer, should have designed, supplied, and commissioned grid-connected wind power projects of a cumulative installed capacity of 40 MW or higher, out of which at least one project should have been of 10 MW or higher capacity at a single location. The reference project should have been in successful operation for at least one year before the bid opening date.

Alternatively, the bidder should have executed in the last ten years an industrial project either as a developer or an EPC contractor in the rea of power, steel, oil & gas, petrochemical, fertilizer, cement, or any other process industry of a value of ₹3 billion (~$40.89 million) or more in a single project. The project should have been in successful operation for at least one year before the bid opening date.

Also, the bidder should have executed at least one electrical substation of 132 kV or above, consisting of equipment such as 132 kV or above voltage level circuit breakers and power transformer, either as a developer or an EPC contractor. The project should have been in successful operation for at least one year before the bid opening day.

Regarding the financial criteria, the average annual turnover of the bidder should be at least ₹3.15 billion (~$42.94 million) during the last three financial years. The bidder should have a positive net worth as on the last day of the preceding financial year.

Wind installations in India in the second quarter (Q2) of 2021 were down by 62% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ), with 239 MW added in Q2 2021, compared to 623 MW added in Q1 2021. The year-over-year (YoY) installations increased 76% compared to 136 MW in Q2 2020.

In January this year, NTPC invited bids to develop 300 MW of ISTS-connected wind energy projects.

Earlier, NTPC had floated a tender for 600 MW of ISTS-connected wind energy projects in the country.

According to Mercom’s India Tender Tracker, NTPC has so far tendered 2.9 GW of ISTS-connected wind projects.