NLC India Tenders 20 MW of Solar with Energy Storage in Andaman & Nicobar

The tender announcement comes nearly a month after the cancellation of the previous 20 MW solar + BESS project auction


Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) India has tendered 20 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) project with Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to be developed on the island of Andaman & Nicobar.

The bid-submission deadline is March 27, 2018.

Mercom had previously reported that NLC India had scrapped the auction of 20 MW solar with BESS that was conducted by it in October 2017.

The capacity tendered comprises two projects of 10 MW each with 8 MWh BESS. While one 10 MW project will be developed at Attam Pahad, the other will be developed at Dolly Gunj of the island.

The scope of work includes the design, engineering, manufacture, inspection, supply, insurance, transport, storage, installation, testing and commissioning of the projects.

The successful developer will also be required to provide warranty of one year as well as the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) services for a 10-year period after the end of the warranty period.

The estimated project completion timeframe is 18 months from the date of award of contract. This is a global tender and NLC India has fixed ₹16.3 million (~$249,506) as the Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) for this tender. The pre-bid meeting date is March 14, 2018.

An NLC India official told Mercom, “Last month, we had scrapped the previously auctioned 20 MW solar with 28 MWh BESS. This new tender is for the same solar capacity but with different BESS capacity.”

According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, NLC India has installed solar capacity of 140 MW and a solar project pipeline of 1.2 GW.

In the previous auction, Mahindra Susten had emerged as the lowest bidder by quoting a project cost of ₹2.988 billion (~$45.6 million) to develop the 20 MW solar project along with the required BESS of 28 MWh.

Saumy Prateek Saumy is a senior staff reporter with covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.