RUMSL Tenders For 750 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid In Madhya Pradesh

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Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited, (RUMSL), the JV between SECI and the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVN) has come out with a fresh tender on behalf of Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited. The new tender for hybrid wind+solar bids amounting to 750 MW is the largest such tender from the body since its inception.

With a strong track record of performance, the tender, with a last date of June 1, 2022, is expected to do very well.

The minimum bid quantity has been placed at 15 MW, with a minimum solar component of between 33 to 36% for each bid. The bid processing fee for bids upto 50 MW is Rs One lac, while for those above 50 MW, it is Rs  2 lacs.

There is a fee of Rs 40,000 per MW as success charges for winning bidders, besides Rs 5 lacs /MW as payment security fund within three months of the scheduled commercial date. The PPA will be with MPPMCL directly for a 25 year period.

Winning bids in previous wind+solar hybrid tenders have tended to be a little higher than pure solar tenders, with bids ranging above Rs 2.50/unit usually.

RUMSL is directly involved with about 8 solar parks in Madhya Pradesh, having made a major difference in kickstarting  the state’s solar ambitions. Of these projects, the 750 MW Rewa Solar Park is operational, besides the 250 MW Mandsaur Solar park. Solar parks at Neemuch, Agar and Shajapur for 500 MW to 550 MW are under development.

Plans for a floating solar plant of 600 MW on the Omkareshwar reservoir are ongoing, with progress expected only by early next year towards closure. Besides this, a 950 MW park is also planned for Chatarpur, and the biggest in Madhya Pradesh, a 1400 MW solar park at Morena, should also start moving soon.

All these developments should eventually place MP firmly among the top 5-6 states in India for renewable energy, with a potential capacity in place of 12 GW or more by 2025, it’s original target for 2022.

According to a Niti Ayog document, the state faces challenges due to significant capacity addition plans of conventional power (about 3,000 MW) in the next five years. With limited demand growth, this will introduce a huge surplus in the state. A high target for rooftop solar also doesn’t help, as like almost all other states, the state has lagged here. Finally, there is the issue of grid balancing that will come up as the share of renewable energy goes up.

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