Railways Management Company Announces Tender for 140 MW of Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has amended the tender for the development of wind-solar hybrid power project at NTPC Kudgi, Karnataka. The tender was previously issued in October 2018.

Under the amendment, the minimum wind capacity is now 44 MW (± 10 percent) reduced from the earlier 60 MW, while nominal solar capacity is 130 MW. A bidder can offer the solar capacity higher or lower than the nominal capacity of 130 MW after freezing the wind turbine generator micro-siting to achieve the minimum cost for the whole wind and solar hybrid project.

The last date for bid submission is December 27, 2018. Techno-commercial bid will open on the same date.

The brief scope of work for the wind project portion includes the design, micro-siting, inspection, installation, pre-commissioning, performance testing and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) along with all interfacing equipment for evacuation of power to 33 kV side of grid substation at site through 33 kV cable/overhead Line.

Similarly, the scope of work for the solar project includes the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing and forwarding, transportation, unloading storage, installation, testing and commissioning of solar PV project under open category of cells and modules.

The requirement to qualify for the wind portion, a bidder should have manufactured, supplied, installed and commissioned wind projects of minimum rating of 600 KW or must have commissioned at least one wind farm with an installed capacity of minimum 10 MW.

The bidder should be a developer of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) based grid connected power plant(s) of cumulative installed capacity of 40 MWp or above, out of which at least one plant should have been of 10 MWp capacity or above.

The requirement to qualify for the solar portion, a bidder should have developed grid connected solar PV project of cumulative installed capacity of 40 MW or above, out of which at least one project should be 10 MW or above.

The average annual turnover of the bidder should not be less than ₹ 2.35 billion (~$32.73 million) during the last three financial years.

Recently, Mercom reported that in the first mega solar-wind hybrid auction conducted in the country by the SECI, a tariff of ₹2.67 (~$0.03794)/kWh emerged as the lowest (L1) one.