NTPC tenders 1 GW of solar projects

Indian largest and state-owned electricity generation company National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTCP) announced the engineering procurement construction (EPC) tender for 1 GW of grid-connected PV projects under Phase-II Tranche-I of the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) program. Accordingly, the contractors »will have to source all the materials for the project construction domestically since this tender has been floated under the domestic content requirement (DCR) category,« says the consultancy Mercom Capital Group. A single bidder must bid for a minimum of 50 MW and can bid for a maximum of 300 MW. The scope of work includes the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing, and forwarding, transportation, unloading, storage, installation, and commissioning of the solar PV projects. According to the article, successful bidders will provide operation and maintenance services for three years.
The CPSU program was proposed by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE). Under this, the government producers will get four years to set up 12,000 MW of solar power projects across the country. The charges should not exceed INR 3.50 ($0.050) per kWh, says Mercom: »With this announcement, 3 GW of solar PV projects has been tendered under the CPSU program’s second phase.« As reported, in March the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) announced to set up 2,000 MW of PV projects under the CPSU program.
NTCP so far has installed 11 PV plants with 870 MW in several states of the country.

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