Coal India Seeking Developers for 100 MW Solar Plant in Gujarat

Coal India Limited is seeking developers for undertaking the work of complete development and handing over of 100 MW solar plant in Gujarat.

Coal India Limited (CIL), a state-owned coal mining corporate, has issued a tender – seeking developers for undertaking the work of complete development and handing over of a 100 MW solar PV power plant in Gujarat. 

To realize its goal to cater to the energy demand of the country with coal and also through Renewable Energy, CIL has a target to become a Net-Zero Energy Company by 2024 by establishing 3 GW of solar PV power projects. The Maharatna company is currently exploring the following options for the development of solar PV projects: 

a) Development of solar PV projects by CIL and its subsidiaries on own land or any other suitable land at any location in India, as available. 

b) Development of large-scale solar PV projects to be awarded based on competitive bidding / to be developed in solar parks / bilaterally identified projects / any other large-scale projects as applicable.

In January 2021, the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) had floated a tender for procurement of 500 MW solar power through competitive bidding from Solar PV Power Projects to be set up in Gujarat. 

And following its objective as defined above (b), CIL participated in the said tender with a quoted capacity of 100 MW (AC). Upon conclusion of the Reverse e-Auction on March 22, 2021, CIL was awarded the capacity of 100 MW (AC) under the tender. And CIL has now issued this Request for Proposals (RFP) for selection of EPC-cum-O&M contractor for the entire EPC work for the Project including acquisition and handover of encumbrance-free land (to CIL) as well as Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the Project for five years from the start of PG Test period.

The scope of work for the selected bidders will include the acquisition and handover of land, design, engineering, supply and procurement, construction, erection, testing, commissioning and O&M of the 100 MW solar PV grid-tied plant including evacuation infrastructure in Gujarat. The developers will have a period of 1 year to complete the work on commissioning of the plant followed by five years of O&M.

The estimated cost of the project is Rs 450 crore.

The last date for bid submission is April 15, 2021, and the bids will be opened on April 16, 2021. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for April 3, 2021, to address the concerns raised by the prospective bidders.

As per the tender documents, the bidder will be required to quote the year-wise Net Electrical Energy Generation Guarantee (NEEGG) for five years period at the metering point. And the Bids with NEEGG equivalent to less than 28.9 percent CUF at the Delivery Point for the first year shall be summarily rejected. The degradation in NEEGG quoted for any year shall not be more than 0.5 percent of the quoted for the previous year.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com 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 iamrenew.com.

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