Hindustan Salts Limited (HSL) has issued a request for proposals for a solar project with a capacity of 1 GW in Kharaghoda, Gujarat’s Surendranagar district. The power generated by the projects will be sold in the market. The revenue generated will be shared with HSL as fixed annual charges for utilising the company’s resources, which include around 5,000 acres of land (given that solar projects require a minimum of 4-5 acres per MW). The winning bidder will be required to pay HSL for utilising land per acre per annum basis. The bid submission deadline is May 30, 2022.
As per the tender guidelines, to be eligible for the bidding process, the winning bidder must take full responsibility for the entire civil, electrical, mechanical, and other associated works, including supply, transportation, storage, installation, testing, and commissioning of all equipment, plant, and machinery, including supply, transportation, storage, installation, testing, and commissioning of all equipment, plant, and machinery. From the date of acceptance, the contract will be in force for 25 years. Furthermore, the bidders should have experience in developing and commissioning solar projects. They must have developed and commissioned at least one grid-connected solar power plant at a single location with a capacity of at least 100 MW power evacuation at least six months prior to the bid opening date in the previous five years.
In December 2021, Sambhar Salts, a subsidiary of HSL, issued a tender to create an ultra-mega solar project with a capacity of up to 4 GW in Sambhar, Rajasthan. The company also expressed interest in developing a solar plant with a capacity of up to 1 GW at Kharaghoda, Gujarat. The winning bidders would be responsible for operations and maintenance of the projects for a period of 25 years after they are commissioned.