The REC Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL) has floated a request for proposal (RfP) for transmission service providers to set up seven projects on a build, own, operate, and maintain basis.
These transmission projects are for solar projects in Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra.
Bidders are expected to get the RfP documents for each transmission project for a non-refundable fee of ₹500,000 (~$6,780).
- Transmission program for solar energy zone in Gadag (2.5 GW), Karnataka – Part A
- Transmission program for solar energy zone in Bidar (2.5 GW), Karnataka
- Transmission system strengthening program for the evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW) under phase II – Part A
- Transmission system strengthening program for the evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW) under phase II – Part B
- Transmission system strengthening program for the evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW) under phase II – Part C
- Transmission system for evacuation of power from renewable projects in Osmanabad area (1 GW) in Maharashtra
- Transmission system for evacuation of power from renewable projects in Rajgarh (2.5 GW) solar energy zone (SEZ) in Madhya Pradesh
The deadline for the submission of responses to the request for proposal is May 8, 2020, for the first four projects, while for the last three, it is May 11, 2020.
Earlier, Mercom reported that Adani Transmission, the transmission business arm of the Adani Group, received two Letters of Intent (LoI) from REC Transmission Projects Company Limited to develop two transmission projects in the state of Gujarat. The projects will be established on a build, own, operate, and maintain basis for 35 years.
ATL also signed a share purchase agreement and completed the acquisition of the WRSS XXI Transco Limited (WRSSTL) from REC Transmission Projects Company. ATL had won this project through a tariff-based competitive bidding process and received the Letter of Intent in July 2019.
More recently, Energy Efficiency Services Limited floated an invitation for bids to construct power evacuation bays and transmission lines for nearly 300 MW of solar projects in the state of Maharashtra. EESL is a joint venture of the public-sector units of the Ministry of Power and the Government of India.
Lack of transmission infrastructure has been a growing concern for solar and wind companies in the country. In the past, Mercom has written about how, with the expected surge in electricity demand over the coming decade and the rapid installation of solar and wind, India’s transmission and distribution system requires significant expansion.
Nithin 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.