CEL issues an EPC tender for 95 MW of decentralised solar projects in Maharashtra

Central Electronics Limited, a Government of India enterprise, has issued an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) tender for 95 MW of decentralised solar projects in seven lots in Maharashtra. The capacity of the projects will range between 2 MW and 10 MW. The company has allotted 14 MW of capacity for Lot A, 16 MW for Lot B, 17 MW for Lot C, and 14 MW for Lot D. Solar projects with capacities of 11 MW, 10 MW, and 13 MW are reserved for Lots F, H, and J, respectively.

Washim, Buldhana, Wardha, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Satara, Pune, Sangli, Jalgaon, and Solapur are the project sites for these projects. On a turnkey basis, the scope of work comprises the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, and commissioning of decentralised solar power projects and related transmission systems up to 11 kV or 22 kV at chosen substations.

As per the tender guidelines, to participate in the competitive bidding process, bidders must have constructed a total of 5 MW of grid-connected solar power projects in the previous five financial years. Of this, at least one solar installation with a capacity of 1 MW must be located in a single site. Furthermore, the winning bidders will be responsible for operation and maintenance (O&M) services for a period of 12 years from the date of commissioning of the projects. They must also provide O&M performance security for each lot in the form of a bank guarantee for 10 per cent of the O&M costs of the lots within 20 days of the last project’s commissioning.

In October 2021, CEL invited bids from empanelled applicant firms for the construction of decentralised solar power generating system (SPGS) ranging from 2 MW to 10 MW for a cumulative capacity of 147 MW (in 11 lots) at various substations in Maharashtra. The lots (A to K) have been divided based on the 31 separate locations of the substations.

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