Coal Lignite Urja Vikas, a joint venture company of Coal India (CIL) and National Lignite Corporation (NLC) has floated a tender for the construction of a 40MW ground-mounted grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power project for South Eastern Coalfields (SECL) in Surajpur District, Chhattisgarh. The scope of works comprises site study, site development, design, engineering, manufacturing, inspection at supplier’s works, supply, insurance, transport, storage, erection, installation, testing, and commissioning with associated power evacuation system. Grid connectivity approval from the Chhattisgarh state electricity authorities, bay extensions, external transmission lines, metering arrangements, and performance assessment are all part of the project’s scope.
The tender was issued under the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) mode. The winning bidder must be responsible for operations and maintenance (O&M) for ten years, including a first-year warranty period O&M for the total 40 MW capacity on a lumpsum turnkey basis. The bid submission deadline is October 15, 2021. As per the tender guidelines, to be eligible for the process, the bidder must be a solar developer or an EPC player that has completed the supply, installation, and commissioning of grid-connected solar PV power plants with a cumulative installed capacity of 20 MW or more in the previous seven years as of the original tender opening date. At least one of these plants must have a capacity of 10 MW or more and have been successfully operational for at least six months as of the tender opening date.
In September 2021, CIL had floated a tender for shortlisting equity partners to set up a vertically integrated 4 GW solar ingot-wafer-cell-module manufacturing facility. The solar manufacturing facility would be implemented and operated by CIL in collaboration with the equity partner. CIL is in advanced negotiations with several Indian states about site selection and finalisation.