Assam Floats Tender to Convert Diesel Operated Water Pipelines to Solar

The last day for the submission of bids is February 11, 2020


The Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) of Assam has floated a tender for the “conversion of diesel-driven water pipelines to solar power operated piped water supply system” in eight different packages across the state.

The program comes under the State-owned Priority Development (SOPD) program.

The last day for the submission of bids is February 11, 2020, and the time allowed for the completion of all the project packages is three months.

The project is estimated to cost ₹174.88 million (~$2.45 million). Interested bidders are expected to pay bid security amounting to 2% of the approximate value of works for the general category and 1% for reserved categories, depending on the package(s) chosen. The different packages under the project are:

Assam SOPD Plan 2019-20 Conversion of Diesel Driven to Solar Power Operated Piped Water Supply Program

The scope of work involves the supply, delivery, and installation of 8,500 Wp solar photovoltaic carry along with 3 or 4 horsepower (HP) AC surface pumps (designed for use with solar power). They must be of Kirloskar or Texmo approved brands with output not less than 45,000 – 60,000 liters/day at 30-60 meters head. For 5 HP pumps, output must be 50,000 – 60,000 liters/day.

To be eligible to participate in the competitive bidding process, applicants must have had a minimum average annual turnover of 30% of the value of the project in the last three financial years. In the case of joint ventures, a minimum of 60% of the required average annual turnover is to be covered by the lead partner and the rest by other JV partners.

Recently, the Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) floated a tender to develop 30 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects. The capacity was tendered under the Central public sector Undertaking (CPSU) Phase II program. The projects of 10 MW each are to be set up in the lower Assam zone, central Assam zone, and in the region of Cachar, Karimganj, and Hailakandi.

Previously, Mercom reported that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued a request for a proposal for providing a solar-hybrid street lighting system on Assam’s Dhola-Sadiya bridge over the Brahmaputra river. The project was is estimated to cost about ₹578.4 million (~$8.2 million) and will cover India’s longest bridge and its approaching roads for a stretch of approximately 28.51 kilometers.

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Nithin Thomas is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Reuters News, he has covered oil, metals and agricultural commodity markets across global markets. He has also covered refinery and pipeline explosions, oil and gas leaks, Atlantic region hurricane developments, and other natural disasters. Nithin holds a Masters Degree in Applied Economics from Christ University, Bangalore and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. More articles from Nithin.