The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has retendered 750 MW
of solar at the Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka. This is an Open category
tender and the bid-submission deadline is May 18, 2017.
The entire capacity of 750 MW comprises of six 125 MW
projects. The scope of work includes, design, engineering, manufacturing,
supply, packing and forwarding, transportation, unloading, storage,
installation and commissioning of the utility scale projects.
The NTPC has instructed that developers will provide
comprehensive operation and maintenance of the project and transmission system
for a period of five years from the date of successful completion of trial run.
The capacity was initially tendered in February 2016, stated
a NTPC official. Previously, the tender had been extended due to infrastructure
insufficiency and lack of availability of evacuation. Now, substations are
under construction and evacuation issues have been solved leading to
retendering, added the NTPC official.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, a total of
1,000 MW was tendered by NTPC at Pavagada, 750 MW in the Open category and 250
MW in the Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) category.
When asked whether NTPC will follow in Solar
Energy Corporation of India’s footsteps
and scrap DCR at Pavagada, the NTPC official commented, currently the 250 MW
under DCR will be extended by another two to three months. If we don’t find takers, we will retender the
capacity under DCR category.
commissioning of 45 MW at Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan, NTPC reached a
milestone of 500 MW of solar installations in India.