The Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), a state-owned oil and gas company, has solicited consultants to submit bids for a full feasibility assessment for the development of a solar project on vacant land in Gujarat. The project will be developed at Ankleshwar by HPCL. It plans to use the electricity generated at its operations across Gujarat in line with the state’s open access and solar policy. The bid submission deadline is October 5, 2021.
The scope of work comprises assessing solar resources available on the proposed land and studying various options available for technology selection. An estimate of the anticipated energy generation from the solar project is also part of the scope of work. The injection points should be identified, and the power evacuation diagram should be included in the feasibility study. In the report, the consumption patterns at HPCL’s operating locations must also be investigated. The study should recommend how much solar capacity can be distributed under the open access route. Moreover, the cost estimates for the project should be incorporated, including a thorough bill of quantities, financial modelling for the proposed projects, payback period, per-unit energy-generating cost, capital cost required, and year-by-year maintenance cost. According to the tender documents the winning bidder will have to furnish 1 per cent of the total contract value as a security deposit within 15 days from the intimation of the acceptance of the tender.
In February 2021, HPCL floated a tender for setting up a 2 MW solar project under Phase II of its Green Research and Development Centre in Bengaluru. The scope of work comprised designing, engineering, procuring, transporting, supplying, fabricating, constructing, inspecting, testing, and commissioning of the project. The winning bidders were also responsible for the operations and maintenance of the project for 10 years.