National Hydro Power issues EPC tender for 500 MW solar project in Tamil Nadu

India’s NHPC Limited (National Hydro Power Corporation) has invited bids for engineering, procurement, and construction of a 500 megawatt (MW) solar power project connected with the interstate transmission system (ISTS) in Tamil Nadu.

The successful bidder will have to take care of the project’s operation and maintenance (O&M) activities for the next ten years.

The last date to submit the bids is October 5, 2021, and bids will be opened on October 12. The pre-bid meeting will be held on September 3. The bidder can quote any capacity with a minimum capacity of 100 MW at one location and in multiples of 25 MW capacity.

As an EPC contractor or a developer, the bidder should have designed, erected, and commissioned grid-connected solar power projects of cumulative installed capacity of 40 percent of the quoted capacity in MW or higher, out of which at least one project should have been of 10 percent of the quoted bid capacity.

Solar modules from vendors enlisted in the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM), as announced by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, will be used in the project.

Any bidder from a country that shares a land border with India and is registered with the competent authority will be eligible to bid.

A Class-I local supplier will get preference in the bidding process. A Class-I local supplier is a supplier or service provider whose goods or services have local content equal to or more than 50 percent.

Meanwhile, in another tender, NHPC has invited bids from EPC contractors for a 100 MW ground-mounted grid-connected solar project and associated power evacuation system connected with a state transmission utility substation in Tamil Nadu. According to Mercom Tracker, NHPC has so far floated 990 MW worth EPC tenders for solar power projects across the country.

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