The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited’s (RUMSL) tender for 550 MW of solar projects at the Agar Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh has received an enthusiastic response from the bidders, according to Mercom sources.
RUMSL is a joint venture between the Solar Energy Corporation of India and Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited.
A total of 18 bidders have been shortlisted for the tender, which includes 15 Indian developers and three foreign.
The list of bidders includes Aljomaih Energy and Water Company, Litsolaire Energy, Green Infra Wind (Sembcorp), NHDC, SJVN, NTPC Renewable Energy, Tata Power, Sprng Energy, Mahindra Susten, ReNew Power, Vector Green Energy, ACME Solar, Torrent Power, Ayana Renewable, Adani Green, O2 Power, Azure Power, and Avaada Energy.
RUMSL had tendered a total of 1,500 MW of grid-connected solar projects to be developed across the three solar parks in the state in 2018. However, due to impending central and state elections, the tenders were delayed, the state authorities had earlier informed Mercom.
RUMSL then reissued the tender in January last year. The first tender was floated for developing 450 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects at Shajapur Solar Park. The second tender was floated for 550 MW of solar projects at the Agar Solar Park, and the third tender was for 500 MW of solar projects at the Neemuch Solar Park. Later, the tender underwent several bid submission deadline extensions.
The World Bank will finance the entire 1,500 MW capacity.
In January this year, RUMSL invited bids to develop the transmission system for 1.5 GW of projects in the three solar parks. The scope of work included the design, manufacturing, procurement, subcontracting (if needed), delivery, construction, installation, and completion of the work, along with the supply of any spares.
RUMSL had also invited proposals from interested consultants for setting up solar parks in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) will provide technical assistance for the projects through the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA). The proposed solar parks are in four clusters/districts; with cluster 1 (Sagar, Damoh, and Chhattarpur), cluster 2 (Morena), cluster 3 (Ratlam, Neemuch, and Mandsaur), and cluster 4 (Rewa and Satna).
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Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.