HPCL Issues Tender for 600 MW Solar Projects

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HPCL Renewable and Green Energy (HPRGE) has issued a request for proposals for land and EHV transmission system package tender for the establishment of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) connected 600 MW solar projects at various locations (Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu).

According to the tender guidelines, the scope of work under the project includes identifying and securing the necessary land, as well as designing, engineering, supplying, constructing, erecting, and commissioning the EHV transmission system till the ISTS substation. This does not cover the pooling substation at the solar project site but does include the construction of bays at the grid substation to accommodate a 600 MW capacity. The scope also includes operations and maintenance for the transmission system and EHV bays at the ISTS substation for a period of three years. The bidders are required to submit Rs 1 million as an earnest money deposit. The developers are required to furnish performance bank guarantee equaling 5 per cent of the engineering, procurement, and construction contract value, excluding contract value of O&M and land lease. The bid submission deadline is June 21, 2024.

Each project and location will have a capacity of 300 MW. The bidders are required to secure land for the solar project for a minimum period of 29 years and 11 months from the date it is allocated to HPGRE. The land available for lease can consist of government-owned land, privately owned land, or a mix of both, provided that the parcel is contiguous and located in one place. Furthermore, the bidders are required to submit proposals for leasing or subleasing 1,200 acres for a period of 30 years. They need to provide land that meets the requirement of at least 4 acres per MW.

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