RITES to Tender for 400 MW Solar Projects on Vacant Railways Land

RITES Ltd is soon going to tender for deployment of solar projects worth 400 MW on the vacant lands owned by the Indian Railways.

Railways 400 MW Solar Projects

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RITES Ltd, an engineering consultancy company that works under the aegis of the India Railways is soon going to tender for deployment of solar projects worth 400 MW on the vacant lands owned by the Indian Railways.

As per the brief notice, the last date for bid submission under the tender will be September 16, 2020, and the techno-commercial bids will be opened on September 17, 2020. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for July 16, 2020, to address the concerns raised by prospective bidders.

All the selected bidders will have a period of 420 days to complete the work on solar projects. Prospective bidders are also required to submit an Earnest Money Deposit of Rs 4 lakh per MW of bid capacity along with their bids

It is believed that the tender quantity might fall under the tender issued in April for setting up of 1 GW of solar PV projects on vacant railways land.

Drawing from that tender, the scope of work for the selected bidders will include (but not be limited to) design, procurement, installation, supply, testing and commissioning of the grid-connected solar power projects on various zonal railways land across India.

The tender documents have not been made available yet, detailed coverage of the same will follow once the tender is released on June 20, 2020.

Earlier this month, RITES Ltd, which executes key projects specifically for the Indian Railways, had announced that its subsidiary Railway Energy Management Company Ltd (REMCL) had secured its largest mandate from Indian Railways for tendering, installation, supervision and managing power supply for three GW solar energy installations. This project is to be divided into three phases of one gigawatt (GW) each, with the first and third phases of 1 GW each on a PPP (public-private partnership) basis under the design, build, finance, operate and transfer model. The second phase of the project (1 GW) will be on the ownership model of REMCL, making it eligible for capital subsidy under the CPSE investment scheme. 

The plant will be set up on railways owned land that has already been identified. The three GW project initiative, with a deadline for completion by 2022-23, will be a shot in the arm for India’s flagging solar ambitions, where the 100 GW solar target for 2022 is looking more and more distant with each passing month.

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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.