CNUL floats bids for solar EPC contract in West Bengal

Coal India Navikarniya Urja Limited (CNUL), a Coal India subsidiary has floated bids for the design, engineering, procurement, and construction of a 35 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic project and associated transmission system in West Bengal. According to the tender guidelines, the chosen contractor will be required to undertake the operations and maintenance of the project for the next five years, which will be built in Satgram (Kalidaspur 10 MW) and two locations in the Kunustoria of the Eastern Coalfield (ECL), West Bengal.

ECL will use the generated solar energy for captive consumption. The project is expected to cost Rs 2.05 billion. The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company will supply and construct the transmission network.

The bidders are required to submit an earnest money deposit worth Rs 5 million. The bidders must also have a minimum of Rs 411.7 million in working capital. They must provide a performance bond equivalent to 3 per cent of the contract amount. The deadline for bid submissions is February 22, 2023.

In December 2022, Mahanadi Coalfields, a Coal India subsidiary floated bids for the installation and commissioning of 2.5 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems with net metering on residential and non-residential buildings in Odisha. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 122.29 million. According to the tender guidelines, bidders must submit Rs 1.53 million as an earnest money deposit. The successful bidder will also be required to provide a performance security of 3 per cent of the contract amount within 21 days of the letter of award.