Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has floated a tender for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the 25 MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) power project at NTPC premises in Simhadri, Andhra Pradesh. The bidder will be responsible for the O&M of the floating solar project for a period of 36 months. The floating solar array on the reservoir, the main control room, the inverter platform cum transformer yards, 33 kV power cables from inverter stations to the switchyard is included in the scope of work for O&M.=
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 39.09 million. According to the tender guidelines, the winning bidder will be required to pay a security deposit of 5 per cent of the work order value, with 50 per cent of the security deposit due before the commencement of work. Furthermore, to be considered for the bidding process, a bidder must have completed three similar works, each costing not less than 40 per cent of the estimated cost, or two similar works, each costing not less than 50 per cent of the estimated cost, or one similar work costing not less than 80 per cent of the contract’s estimated cost. In addition, a penalty of 0.5 per cent per week on the value of the work order will be imposed if the vendor fails to begin O&M work within two weeks of receiving the notification.The deadline for bid submission is August 17, 2021.
In July 2019, BHEL was awarded a contract to build a 25 MW floating solar PV plant in Simhadri, Andhra Pradesh. It also floated a tender in October 2019 for the design and delivery of solar floating platforms for the project. The project is currently operational.