• A tender to develop a 100 MW grid connected PV project at the Anantapuramu-II Solar Park has been launched in Andhra Pradesh
  • APGENCO has asked only Indian bidders to apply for the tender, though they can procure equipment from anywhere
  • Bidders must bid for the entire 100 MW capacity
  • Last date to submit bids is May 26, 2017; reverse auction will take place on June 8, 2017

The Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Limited (APGENCO) has announced a 100 MW grid connected solar PV power project in the state. To be located in Talaricheruvu in Anantapuramu district, the project is expected to come up with an estimated very low cost of 4.45 billion INR ($69.38 million). It will be part of the Anantapuramu-II Solar Park.

While the Anantapuramu Solar Park has a capacity of 1,500 MW, Anantapuramu-II will have 500 MW. Both are being developed by a joint venture consisting of the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), APGENCO and New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited (NREDCAP).

Only Indian bidders can participate in the tender. They can procure material from anywhere in the world. They need to bid for the entire 100 MW capacity, bidding for any less will not be accepted.

Successful bidders will have to carry out design, engineering, manufacturing, testing, supply, installation, commissioning and operations and maintenance services, among other tasks. The operations and maintenance services will have to be provided for a period of five years from the date of commissioning.

Companies in their individual capacities are allowed to bid for the project. Consortium or joint venture in any form is not allowed for the bidding process.

A pre-bid meeting will be conducted on May 11, 2017. Bids have to be submitted online. The last date to submit bids is May 26, 2017. Technical bids will be opened on May 29, 2017, while price bids will be opened on June 8, 2017; the same the day reverse auction will take place. More details are available on the website of APGENCO.   

In March 2017, Kolkata based McNally Bharat Engineering Company Limited won the EPC order for a 500 MW PV project of APGENCO (see Kolkata EPC Firm Wins 500 MW Project).

Another solar park at Kurnool in the state of Andhra Pradesh is expected to come online by the end of this month (see 1 GW Kurnool Solar Park Online Soon).