APDCL floats bids for 70 MW solar projects

The Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) has floated bids to source 70 MW of power from solar projects to be developed in Dhubri, Assam. The power purchase agreement (PPA) will be valid for a period of 25 years. The developed projects should be commissioned within 18 months from the date of execution of the PPA. According to the tender guidelines, the cost of the bidding documents is Rs 29,500. Also, the bidders must furnish an earnest money deposit of Rs 56.4 million. The developers must also provide five years of comprehensive operations and maintenance services. APDCL has set a ceiling tariff of Rs 4 per kWh.

The selected bidders must remit Rs 141.1 million as a performance bank guarantee. To be eligible, the bidder should have commissioned or supervised the commissioning of solar power projects of a cumulative installed capacity of 20 MW anywhere in the world during the last five years. The bid submission deadline is March 10, 2023.

In February 2023, APDCL requested solar power developers to submit bids for 10 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic power projects under Phase II of the Central Public Sector Undertaking programme. The project’s scope of work covers the design, development, and supply of solar power generation systems as well as the project’s 25-year operations and maintenance. The chosen solar developer will also be required to acquire land and build transmission facilities to evacuate power.

In November 2022, APDCL issued a request for proposals from consultants to deliver services for 1 GW of grid-connected solar power projects in Assam. This project has been carried out in the Karbi Anglong district under the ‘Mukhya Mantri Sauro Shakti Prokolp’ with the support of the Asian Development Bank.