KSEB cancels RfS bids for 200 MW solar power projects in Kerala

Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) issued an order for cancellation of the Request for Submission bids for development of the 200 MW solar power projects in the state on May 28, 2019. The bids were invited in March 2019.

The board has also asked to obtain appropriate consent for the issuance of a fresh tender from the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC).

The order also mentions that the bid price of Rs 3.50 per kWh should be incorporated in the revised bid documents before seeking fresh approval for a retender from the KSERC.

The tender was for a long-term basis of 25 years. Only one bidder, CIAL Infrastructures Limited with a bid quantity of 10 MW, managed to furnish all the required documents by the stipulated time.

However, as per the guidelines passed by the Ministry of Power, to ensure competitiveness in the bidding process, a minimum of two bidders should qualify.

The project was retendered through a competitive bidding process earlier in March 2019, with the last date for bid submission as April 17, 2019.

The project is part of the Kerala Government’s Saurya program, wherein, the state wishes to develop 1,000 MW of solar assets by 2021.  The Saurya program is to be jointly implemented by KSEB and Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology, the state nodal agency for renewable projects.

The project involves development of 200 MW solar PV power projects in the state of Kerala. The land for the project has to be arranged by the bidder at the location proposed by the bidder, within the state of Kerala.

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