Assam invites bids for installing 25 MW of solar capacity at Namrup Thermal Power Plant

The Assam Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGCL) has invited bids for the development of 25 MW of grid-connected solar projects at the Namrup Thermal Power Station. The developers will be required to carry out the design, engineering, procurement, supply, transportation, unloading, site development, construction, erection, installation, testing, and commissioning of the proposed solar project. Further, they would be required to set up evacuation systems at a 33 kV voltage level up to the existing switchyard in addition to providing comprehensive maintenance services for five years. The project is to be commissioned within a year of the issue of the letter of award. The prospective bidders will have to submit an earnest money deposit of Rs 20 million and the deadline for submission of bids is March 26, 2021.

Applicants are eligible if they have executed similar works for 20 MW of grid-connected solar projects in the last five years. At least one of these projects must have been a minimum of 10 MW. The financial criteria state that bidders must have had a minimum average turnover of Rs 900 million in the last three financial years. As of March 31, 2020, they must have had a resource generation capacity of at least Rs 125 million.

As of December 2020, Assam has floated tenders for 70 MW and has 190 MW of solar projects in various stages of development. In December 2020, the APGCL sought a Rs 760 million term loan for 15 years for the financing of solar projects at the Namrup thermal power plant.

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