PGCIL issues an Eol for transmission line survey for Kaza solar project

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) to conduct a detailed survey and soil investigation along the transmission line route to evacuate power from the 880 MW Kaza solar project in Himachal Pradesh. The scope of work comprises conducting a detailed survey, including route alignment, digital profiling, tower spotting, optimization of locations, check survey, contouring, and soil investigation for the transmission lines.

As per the tender guidelines, bidders must put down an earnest money deposit of Rs 116,000. In addition, within 28 days of receiving notification of award, the successful bidder must submit a performance security of 10 per cent of the contract amount. Further, bidders should have completed a detailed survey, route alignment, profiling, and tower spotting for a 220 kV or above voltage class transmission line for a minimum of 125 kilometres in a single package or a maximum of two packages in the previous five financial years as the main contractor or subcontractor. They should have digital profiling capability and have executed a survey using these techniques for at least 62.5 kilometres of transmission lines in the previous five financial years. The bid submission deadline is January 20, 2022.

In February 2021, PGCIL won all three power transmission projects in Rajasthan in a competitive bidding process. The tender was floated as a set of three projects by REC to enable the evacuation of solar energy under Phase II of its transmission infrastructure program. The transmission systems will be developed to evacuate 8.1 GW of power from various solar capacities in the state. PGCIL will develop the projects on a build, own, and operate basis. As per the tender document, the solar power that will be evacuated include,  1.05 GW from the Bhadla complex, 2.2 GW from Fatehgarh complex, 1.9 GW from Ramgarh, and 2.95 GW from Bikaner.

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