CIL Navikarniya Urja Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL), has issued a request for proposals for commissioning of solar projects with a cumulative capacity of 35 MW, including relevant transmission system. The project will be executed across 11 locations of three areas of western coalfields, Maharashtra. The three areas are Majri, Wani, and Chandrapur with capacities of 23 MW, 7 MW, and 5 MW, respectively. Only engineering, procurement, and construction contractors are invited to take part in the tender.
According to the tender guidelines, the bidders are required to submit Rs 5 million as an earnest money deposit. Within 21 days of receiving letter of award, the contractor is required to furnish 5 per cent of contract amount. The contractor will be responsible to look after operations and maintenance for a period of 10 years. The projects’ estimated cost is Rs 2.3 billion. The project must be completed within 12 months of work order issuance. The bid submission deadline is December 8, 2023. Furthermore, CIL has mandated the use of indigenously manufactured solar modules listed in the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers.
In July 2023, Central Mine Planning and Design Institute invited bids to install 1.03 MW of solar power projects for central coalfields in Jharkhand. In the same month, South Eastern Coalfields Limited announced that it would develop rooftop and ground mounted solar power projects with capacities of 600 MW in the coming years.