Daily News Wrap-Up: CERC Refuses to Condone Transmission Project Delay

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has decided not to condone the delay beyond the revised Scheduled Commercial Operation Date (SCOD) of October 31, 2017, for the Vindhyachal-Jabalpur 400 kV 2nd double circuit transmission line project associated with the 750 MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh. However, the Commission allowed the capitalization of Interest During Construction (IDC) and Incidental Expenditure During Construction (IEDC) for the period between March 15, 2017 (originally the scheduled commercial operation date- SCOD) and October 31, 2017 (the revised SCOD).

CERC has granted a transmission license to Solapur Transmission to establish an inter-state transmission system for the evacuation of 1,500 MW of power from renewable energy projects in the Solapur Solar Energy Zone in Maharashtra. The project will be developed on a build, own, operate, and transfer basis. It has directed STL to execute the transmission service agreement with the Central Transmission Utility within one month of the order. It must also secure the transmission charges and approvals. STL must approach the Commission to determine tariffs per Section 62 of the Electricity Act.

Ladakh Power Development Department (LPDD) has invited bids for the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of 2.632 MW grid-connected rooftop solar power systems on government buildings in the Kargil District, Union Territory of Ladakh. The scope of work includes comprehensive maintenance of the systems for five years. The last date to submit the bids is July 15, 2024. Bids will be opened the next day. LPDD aims to choose solar EPC contractors experienced in executing solar projects.

South Eastern Coalfields has invited bids to commission a 5 MWac/6.75 MWdc grid-connected ground-mounted solar project at Vivek Nagar Mines in Sohagpur, Madhya Pradesh. The project should be commissioned within nine months of receiving the work order. The developer must also provide ten years of operation and maintenance services. The project’s estimated cost is ₹448.52 million (~$5.37 million). The last day to submit the bids is July 27, 2024. Bids will be opened on July 29.

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