NTPC Limited has floated a tender to develop 735 MW of grid-connected solar capacity in the Nokh Solar Park in Rajasthan. The project will be built in three blocks of 245 MW each using indigenously manufactured solar cells and modules. The developers will be required to carry out the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, storage, installation, and commissioning of the projects in addition to engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC). The winning bidders will also be required to provide comprehensive operations and maintenance services for the project and the transmission system for three years. No earnest money deposit as specified under the tender and the last date for the submission of bids is February 22, 2021.
Bidders are eligible if they have installed at least one 33 kV electrical substation in the last year. Further, they must have had a similar experience in designing, supplying, and commissioning solar projects with a minimum cumulative capacity of 40 MW. Of this capacity, at least one of these projects must have a capacity of at least 10 MW and been operational for the last six months. Solar project developers who meet these requirements are also allowed to place bids. Bidders are also eligible if they have carried out industrial projects as EPC contractors or developers in the power, steel, oil, gas, petrochemical, fertilizer, cement, or coal mining sectors over the last 10 years.
The 980 MW Nokh solar parkis located in the district of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan is being developed by the Rajasthan Solarpark Development Company, a subsidiary of Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation. As of February 2021, NTPC has floated tenders for 1.5 GW of solar projects in Rajasthan.