NTPC REL issues land and transmission package tender for up to 2,000 MW solar projects

NTPC Renewable Energy Limited (NTPC REL) has issued a request for proposals (RfPs) for land and transmission package of maximum 2,000 MW inter-state transmission system connected solar projects in Rajasthan under tranche III.

According to the tender guidelines, the bidders are required to look after operations and maintenance of the extra high voltage transmission line and terminal bay for a period of three years, following the project’s date of commissioning. The bid submission deadline is November 14, 2023.

The bidder may quote a minimum capacity of 300 MW, followed by multiples of 100 MW. Furthermore, the developer will be responsible for private land arrangement of around 5 acres per MW on the basis of lease, for a period of at least 30 years. The developer will also be responsible for conducting a topographic survey for the land plots. They will also need to perform any necessary excavation or filling of the land to achieve a 95 per cent compaction rate. This is to ensure that the average slope of the project land remains at 10 per cent in order to facilitate the installation of tracker-based module mounting structures.

To be eligible, the bidders must have implemented grid-connected solar projects, solar parks, wind projects, wind parks, or a combination of these, with a total capacity of 100 MW or more. Among these projects, at least one project must have had a capacity of 50 MW or greater.

In September 2023, NTPC Limited issued a RfP for setting up 120 MW ground-mounted and a 56 MW floating solar project at NTPC’s Ramagundam super thermal plant in Telangana.

In the same month, NTPC REL issued a RfP to supply crystalline bifacial solar modules of cumulative capacity 1,584.6 MW, having wattage output of at least 540 Wp each for 1,255 MW of projects at the Khavda solar park in Kutch district, Gujarat.