SECI floats an EPC tender for a 5 MW solar project in Tamil Nadu

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has floated an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) tender for a 5 MW (AC) grid-connected solar project at V.O. Chidambaranar Port Trust (VOCPT) in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. The scope of work comprises the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, and commissioning of the 5 MW solar project. The winning bidder will also be responsible for operations and maintenance of the project for a period of 10 years.

As per the tender guidelines, to participate in the bidding process, the bidders must have prior experience as a solar developer or EPC contractor.  In the previous seven financial years, they should have installed and commissioned ground-mount solar projects with a capacity of at least 3 MW. The projects must have been operational for at least six months prior to the bid deadline. Alternatively, bidders must have developed and commissioned at least two grid-connected solar projects with capacities of at least 500 kW in the previous seven financial years as a developer or EPC contractor. These projects must have been operational for at least six months prior to the bid deadline. The bid submission deadline is February 11, 2022.

Prior to this, SECI requested Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the supply of 1,800 MW DC of solar modules, including cells manufactured in India, under the domestic content requirement (DCR) category. SECI is presently pursuing projects with a total  capacity of 1,200 MW as part of the Central Public Sector Undertaking II programme Tranche III. The nodal agency intends to buy the project modules directly from the manufacturers. SECI has requested EoI from solar cell and module manufacturers in order to examine module availability and commercial criteria. The bid submission deadline is January 21, 2022.


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