• NTPC has floated tender in the so-called 'open category' to build 750 MW of solar power capacity at Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka
  • It will be awarded under reverse auction to multiple bidders in single/multiple blocks of 125 MW each
  • The capacity has been re-tendered by the NTPC, as per Mercom Capital Group
  • Tender documents can be bought from the NTPC until April 20, 2017; last date to submit bids is May 18, 2017

Indian utility National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids to build 750 MW of solar power in Karnataka. The entire capacity will be tendered as six blocks of 125 MW each. It will come up at Pavagada Solar Park under open category.

The international tender in the so-called Open Category allows for solar PV modules, cells and other equipment to be procured from anywhere in the world.

Winning bidders will need to provide design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing and forwarding, transportation, unloading, storage, installation and commissioning services. From the date of successful commissioning, they will also need to provide operation and maintenance services for the plant for a period of five years.

Tender documents will be available until April 20, 2017. Last date of submitting bids is May 18, 2017. Techno commercial bids will be opened on May 19, 2017. The time and date for the reverse auction will be published by the NTPC separately. Tender details can be accessed here.

The NTPC has reportedly re-tendered this capacity. As per information available with consultancy Mercom Capital Group, the capacity was initially tendered in February 2016. It was extended due to infrastructure insufficiency and lack of availability of power evacuation. Now, it said, the substations are under construction and evacuation issues have been solved, so that a re-tendering can take place.

With this, the NTPC has now tendered 1,000 MW of cumulative solar power capacity at the Pavagada Solar Park, according to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker. This includes 750 MW in the open category and 250 MW in the domestic content requirement (DCR) category (see NTPC Tender For Pavagada Solar Park). NTPC is reported to extend the 250 MW capacity tender in the DCR category by another two to three months. The Pavagada Solar Park is designed to have a total capacity of 2,000 MW on completion.