NIWE floats bids for sensors at Tamil Nadu project

The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) has floated bids for the supply, installation, and commissioning of an integrated floating buoy for mounting offshore light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensors as well as meteorological and oceanographic sensors at three locations in the Gulf of Mannar off the coast of Tamil Nadu. The project’s goal is to collect data on offshore wind resource characterisation such as wind speed and direction at multiple heights using wind profiling LiDAR, as well as air and sea surface temperatures, current, ocean speeds and directions, and wave heights and directions. 

According to the tender guidelines, the winning bidder will also be responsible for the project’s operation and maintenance for a year. The bidders must submit Rs 15 million as an earnest money deposit. Also, within 30 days of receiving the purchase order, the successful bidder must provide a security deposit equal to 3 percent of the order value. The bidders must be well-known manufacturers, suppliers, or dealers with a minimum experience of five years. Their average annual turnover over the last three financial years should not be less than Rs 90 million. The bid submission deadline is September 26, 2022.

In July 2022, Tata Power signed a MoU with the Tamil Nadu Government under which Tata Power would invest around Rs 30 billion for developing a 4 GW solar cell and solar module manufacturing unit in the state. The said greenfield facility would come up at Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district. This investment would help generate over 2,000 job opportunities.



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