NTPC cancels Andaman’s energy storage tender

NTPC has cancelled the two tenders for energy storage projects in Andaman & Nicobar Islands that it had released earlier in May 2017, because of subsequent postponements.

The two Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) projects were planned for Manglutan village, which called for a 6 MW / 24 MWh battery, and Chidiyatapu which called for 3.2 MW / 3.2 MWh battery.

Both projects had the scope for design, engineering, supply, transportation, installation, commissioning and comprehensive operation and maintenance (O&M) for 25 years.

However, IESA has planned an online meeting with all of its members on November 16, to discuss the cancellation of tenders in Andaman, MNRE and MoP are expected to join the meeting.

According to IESA, this is not the first time in India that such large-scale energy storage projects have been cancelled.  MNRE Eol could not finalize any projects in 2014, and last year SECI cancelled 7 such projects at various locations.

India is in dire need of energy storage to support its grid, but such hurdles will halt all the advancements. To give a strong push for energy storage with commercial viability, IESA is working with its 80+ member companies to meet and discuss with MNRE and MoP.

However, on a positive note, Mahindra Susten sets a new Benchmark for Energy Storage in India, with record bid of INR 35.5 million ($0.55 million)/MWh for NLC project. While, TATA Power and Mahindra has won a tender for EESL Electric Vehicle.