Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Ltd (RUMSL) has launched an RFP to allot sites for a cumulative 13.8 GW of pumped hydro storage (PHS) development in Madhya Pradesh. A total of 12 sites are on offer to build PHS capacities varying from 600 MW to 2 GW.
To be eligible, “the bidder should have executed/executing/operated/operating power generation project (conventional or renewable) of capacity equivalent to 25% of the total estimated potential of PHS site under bid or 500 MW whichever is lower, in last 10 years. This technical capacity shall be met individually by the Bidder or Lead Bidder in case of Consortium,” states the tender document.
Madhya Pradesh has a vast potential for pump hydro storage projects. The Central Electricity Authority of India (CEA) has estimated a total run-of-river storage potential of 11.2 GW in the state. The state also has tremendous off-river potential.
The state government of Madhya Pradesh recently unveiled a “Scheme for implementation of Pumped Hydro Storage (PHS) Projects in Madhya Pradesh” to unlock the state’s enormous pump hydro storage potential. RUMSL is conducting the 13.8 GW PHS bidding under the notified Scheme.
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