The National Thermal Power Corporation
(NTPC) has invited
bids to develop an 8 MW grid connected solar PV project in the Andaman and
Nicobar Islands. This project is part of the Ministry of New and Renewable
Energy’s (MNRE) proposal to establish
100 MW of solar in the region.
The project, which will be developed in Chidiyatapu,
South Andaman, will be awarded through a reverse auction under “open” category
(domestic content requirement not applicable) on a turnkey basis.
The successful bidder is expected to
provide operation and maintenance services for the project over a five-year
period, after successful completion of trial run. NTPC intends to finance the
project through domestic commercial borrowing or external commercial borrowing.
This project is part of the NTPC plan to
develop 10 GW of solar capacity under its Self-Owned and Developed Projects
program. According to Mercom’s India
Solar Project Tracker, 360 MW has been commissioned under this program,
with another 510 MW under construction in the states of Madhya Pradesh and
Rajasthan. An additional 1,779.5 MW has also been tendered by NTPC.
is the second such tender announced by NTPC in the region. In June 2016, NTPC invited bids to
develop 18 MW
of grid-connected solar at Chidiyatapu. According to the LGBR report by Central Electricity
Authority, there is a gap of 8 MW between peak demand
and supply and a deficit of 60 million units of electricity in Andaman and