BHEL Bags Rs 100 cr EPC Order for 25 MW Floating Solar Plant

BHEL has won an order for setting up a 25 MW floating solar power plant on EPC basis, at Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh from NTPC Ltd.

BHEL EPC Floating Solar

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has won an order for setting up a 25 MW floating solar photovoltaic (SPV) power plant on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis, at Simhadri in Andhra Pradesh from NTPC Ltd.

The plant will be set up for a cost of Rs 100 crore on the raw water reservoir of NTPC Ltd’s Simhadri Thermal Power Plant. Notably, this is the second order of floating SPV plant from NTPC Ltd, the earlier being 100 MW floating SPV plant at Ramagundam in Telangana. With this order, the country’s largest power equipment manufacturer has emerged as the largest EPC player in the floating solar PV segment in India with a portfolio of 130 MW.

The engineering firm is offering EPC solutions for both off-grid and grid-interactive ground mounted, rooftop, floating solar & canal-top solar plants, with a current portfolio of more than 1 GW of SPV plants.

Recently, we reported that BHEL has issued a tender for the selection of solar power developers for setting up of a 5 MW grid-connected floating solar PV plant for the West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL) at the Thermal Pond-3 in the Sagardighi Thermal Power Plant in West Bengal.

The last date for bid submission is July 22, 2019, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on the same date. The date and time of the financial bid opening will be informed to the shortlisted technical bidders later.

The scope of work for the selected developers will include the supply of Balance of Systems (BOS) items along with the design, engineering, construction, testing and commissioning of the floating solar plant. The supply of all floatation devices including hardware for forming floating islands shall be in the scope of BHEL. However, assembly of floatation devices as per OEM manual shall be in bidder’s scope. The scope of supply shall also include necessary spares required for normal operation & maintenance of DC equipment for a period of 5 years and special tools & plants required for erection & maintenance.

Earlier, the company issued another tender, inviting quotations from eligible bidders for manufacturing and supply of 157 mm multi solar cells as per BHEL technical specification.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for