- India’s utility National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued a tender for operation and maintenance of a 10 MW solar power plant
- The PV project is located at NTPC’s 2.6 GW Thermal Power Plant in Ramagundam, Telangana
- The biennial contract will require the services of the winning bidder for a period between 2018 and 2020
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India’s largest utility National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued a call for a biennial operation and maintenance (O&M) contract for a 10 MW solar power plant at NTPC-Ramagundam Super Thermal Power Plant. Bids are invited under India’s domestic competitive bidding framework.
The contract will be in place for the period between 2018 and 2020.
Documents for the tender are available for purchase until December 27, 2017. Interested bidders are required to submit their bids to the NTPC by January 11, 2018.
Details about the notice inviting tender (NIT) is available on NTPC’s tender website.
Situated in Telangana state of India, the Ramagundam coal power plant has a capacity of 2.6 GW. With 39 year old power plant, it is one of the biggest from NTPC and the largest power station in South India. According to a 2016 news report in the daily newspaper The Hindu, NTPC plans to add 4 GW of more capacity to the existing 2.6 GW to take the total to 6.6 GW. The plant provides power to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry and Goa.
Since the time of its inception, the coal plant has never missed its targeted power generation, except in 2016-17, thanks to increase in renewable energy generation, mainly wind and solar by the states it supplies power to. The ‘steady decline in demand for power from the Southern states’ forced the coal power plant to reduce its power generation.
The 10 MW PV plant at Ramagundam was one of the first solar power plants set up by NTPC in 2014. This was set up as first phase. In the second phase, it was planning to set up 15 MW of PV capacity here.
Telangana is now the state with the highest installed PV capacity in India – 2.5 GW (see India Added Over 7 GW In 9M/2017). It is planning to have a cumulative capacity of 5 GW by the end of 2019 (see Telangana Projecting 5 GW PV By 2019).