Gujarat extends bidding for 110 MW grid-connected solar and floats new 210 MW tender


Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited has extended by a week the deadline for bidding to set up 110 MW of grid-connected solar at specific sites in the state, with proposals now accepted until September 23.

Under the terms of the tender, solar projects ranging in scale from 10-55 MW must be connected at three Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation Limited (GETCO) substations in the state: the 100ha Sanesh site in Bhavnagar district has space for 55 MW of generation capacity, the 92ha Pachchham location in Ahmedabad can host 40 MW and a 25ha plot at Nikava in Jamnagar can accommodate 15 MW.

New tender

The state utility has also invited bids to set up 210 MW of grid-connected, ground-mounted solar project capacity at Babarzar, also in Jamnagar district.

The scope of work in that tender embraces design, engineering, supply and procurement, construction, testing and commissioning plus operations and maintenance for ten years. The solar power generated will be evacuated into GETCO’s 220 kV/66 kV substation through a 66 kV underground cable which will also have to be built, tested and commissioned by the successful developer.

To qualify for the exercise, which would involve project commissioning within 18 months of contract award, developers must be incorporated in India under the Companies Act 1956 or 2013 and have carried out similar work on minimum 1 MW-scale projects with a total capacity of 138 MW since April 1, 2014. Of the 138 MW project experience required, 124 MW must be operating in India and must include at least two projects with a generation capacity of at least 40 MW.

With the bid window to close on October 5, developers must also have had a cumulative turnover of at least Rs756 crore for the last three financial years, positive net worth in 2019-20 and must provide a Rs8.4 crore bank guarantee.

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