MSRDC Issues EPC Tender for a 5 MW Solar Project in Maharashtra

Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC) has issued an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) tender for the development of a 5 MW(AC) ground-mounted solar project in Bhilkheda in Washim, Maharashtra. Bids must be submitted online by February 10, 2022.

Bidders must put down a deposit of $200,000 (about $2,704) as an earnest money deposit. In addition, within ten days of receiving the letter of acceptance, the successful bidder must submit 10% of the contract amount.

The 5 MW grid-connected solar project’s scope of work includes designing, engineering, procuring, supplying, insuring, packing, forwarding, loading, transporting, unloading, constructing, installing, testing, erecting, and commissioning. The chosen bidder must provide complete operation and maintenance (O&M) services for ten years after the project is commissioned.

The winning bidder will also be responsible for land development as required by the project, as well as laying transmission lines from the solar power facility to the nearest MSEDCL or Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited substation (MSETCL).

To be qualified, bidders must have built and installed grid-connected solar power plants with a total capacity of 3 MW or more.

At least one solar project should have a capacity of 1 MW or more, and the project should have been operational for at least six months before the bid deadline.

Furthermore, the bidders must have completed at least one electrical substation with a voltage level of 11/22 kV or above, comprising equipment such as a voltage circuit breaker and a power transformer.

In the previous three financial years, bidders’ average yearly turnover must have been at least $100 million ($1.35 million). Their net worth must have exceeded $50 million ($676,105) in the previous fiscal year (2021-22).

The solar modules should be covered by a ten-year warranty from the winning bidder.

In addition, the modules must have a performance warranty of

• over 97% in the first year

• over 90% in the first ten years

• over 80% at the end of the 25 years

According to the tender document, the capacity utilization factor (CUF) should be a minimum of 25.09%. Any CUF shortage would result in liquidated damages of 25% of the power sale rate agreed upon by MREL and MSEDCL.

Resource: Mercom India

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