HPCL Floats EPC Tender for 78 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid Project

Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) has issued a request for proposal on behalf of its subsidiary HPCL Renewables and Green Energy for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of a 78 MW wind-solar hybrid power project anywhere in India.

The selected contractor will also be responsible for the comprehensive operation and maintenance (O&M) of the project for ten years.

HPCL Renewables and Green Energy plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040 and intends to replace the grid power used at its refineries with green energy.

The hybrid project is expected to supply round-the-clock power to its Mumbai refinery to provide at least 50% green energy at 686 MU. The contract load of the refinery stands at 90 MW.

The contractor must ensure that the minimum assured units of energy supplied to the refinery from the project are not less than 343 million kWh per year.

The rated installed capacity of either of the components (wind and solar) must be 25% more than the rated installed capacity of the other component.

The last date to submit the bids is May 24, 2024. Bids will be opened on the same day.

Bidders must submit an earnest money deposit of ₹70.3 million (~$841,894). The selected bidder must submit a performance bank guarantee equivalent to 5% of the EPC contract value and also an O&M bank guarantee equivalent to 5% of the O&M value.

The contractor will be responsible for identifying the land, obtaining connectivity and approvals, and injecting the power into inter-state and intra-state transmission networks to supply the Mumbai refinery.

The projects can be located anywhere in India on land with a minimum 27-year leasehold in non-Great Indian Bustard zones.

The individual components (solar and wind) may or may not be co-located.

A Central Transmission Utility connection is mandatory for projects outside of Maharashtra, and for those within the state, a State Transmission Utility connection is required.

The selected contractor will be responsible for evacuating the power from the generation source to the injection point at the Trombay substation.

The project’s full capacity must be commissioned within 18 months of receiving the letter of award.

In case of a delay, liquidated damages of 0.5% of the total EPC contract value will apply, up to a maximum of 10%.

The solar modules used for the project must be from the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers, and the wind turbines must be from the Revised List of Machine Manufacturers issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

The solar modules must have a minimum 540 Wp rating for a 1,500V system.

Bidders must have experience commissioning similar projects within or outside India with a minimum of 100 MW solar, wind, or wind-solar hybrid power capacity.

They must have executed at least three such projects, with each valued at not less than ₹5.45 billion (~$65.27 million) or two similar projects, with each valued at not less than ₹6.81 billion (~$81.55 million) or one similar project valued at not less than ₹10.89 billion (~$130.41 million).

The average annual turnover of the bidders during the last three years ending March 31, 2024, must be a minimum ₹4.09 billion (~$48.98 million).

Earlier this month, HPCL invited bids on behalf of its subsidiary HPCL Renewable & Green Energy for the EPC package of a 100 MW solar power project at Galiveedu, Annamayya district, Andhra Pradesh.

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