BHEL Seeks Vendors to Supply Floatation Platform for a 100 MW Floating Solar Project

Project to be installed at NTPC’s site in Telangana’s Ramagundam

September 11, 2019


Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a public sector undertaking, has issued a tender for the design and supply of a complete floatation platform for 100 MW of grid-connected floating solar project at the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC)’s site in Telangana’s Ramagundam.

The tender also mandates mooring, anchoring, installation, and commissioning of a floating platform on which the project will be constructed. Once commissioned, this is expected to be India’s largest floating solar project.

As per the pre-qualification criteria of the tender, the bidder should have manufactured and supplied to similar projects of a minimum capacity of 100 kW at a single location and the supplied floating system should have been successfully commissioned. The vendors should have executed purchase orders of a cumulative value of ₹50 million (~$0.69 million) in the last three years.

Bids for this tender need to be submitted by September 16, 2019.

In June 2019, Mercom reported on the news of BHEL winning two EPC orders for setting up solar projects of a combined capacity of 200 MW. This included the 100 MW floating solar tender for which BHEL is now outsourcing the design and supply contracts.

BHEL had also previously issued a tender for the supply of Balance of System (BoS) items needed for the installation of the 5 MW of floating solar projects in the state of West Bengal.

Recently, the company also bagged an order for setting up a 25 MW floating solar photovoltaic (SPV) power project located in Simhadri, Andhra Pradesh. The order came from the National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC) and is valued at ₹1 billion (~$ 14.57 million). The project will be located on a raw water reservoir in NTPC’s Simhadri Thermal Power project.

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Shaurya is a staff reporter at with experience working in the Indian solar energy industry for the past four years in various roles. Prior to joining Mercom, Shaurya worked with a renewable energy developer and a consulting company. Shaurya holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.