India state seeks developers of renewables up to 25 MW, including hydro

On behalf of India’s Uttarakhand State, developer Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (UJVN) invites applications for qualification to develop renewable energy projects, primarily hydropower, of up to 25 MW on a build-operate-transfer basis. Responses to two separate solicitations are due September 10.

The solicitations are divided based on state-identified and self-identified projects.

One solicitation seeks developers of 20 state-identified hydro projects. By district in Uttarakhand State, they include:
o Bageshwar District: 3-MW Balighat, 700-kW Harsila;
o Chamoli District: 600-kW Garud Ganga;
o Dehradun District: 5.2-MW Pabar;
o Nainital District: 14-MW Kumeria-Garjia (Bawas);
o Pithoragarh District: 8-MW Balgad, 5-MW Burthing-Purdam, 4-MW PhuliBagar-Kwiti;
o Tehri Garhwal District: 5-MW Balganga 1, 7-MW Balganga 2, 400-kW Dhatirmouli, 2-MW Jalkurgad 1, 400-kW Lamb Gaon, 300-kW Paligad, 400-kW Rataldhara, 1-MW Rigali;
o Uttarkashi District: 6.5-MW Bernigad, 3-MW Hanuman Ganga, 4-MW Laxmanganga, 14.4-MW Tons.

Winning bidders for the state-identified projects would be responsible for survey and investigations, design, engineering, financing, procurement, construction, operation, and maintenance of the projects.

The solicitation for self-identified projects reserves projects up to 100 kW exclusively for individuals from Uttarakhand. Additionally, preference will be given to individuals from Uttarakhand for projects from 100 kW to 5 MW. Small hydro projects from 5 MW to 25 MW will be kept open for competition by all categories of private developers and allotted on payment of a threshold premium of 500,000 rupees (US$11,885) per MW.

Winning bidders for self-identified projects would be responsible from concept to commissioning, including pre-feasibility, survey and investigation, preparation of detailed project report, etc. To help prospective developers identify feasible sites, UJVN lists 240 probable hydro sites on its Internet site, www.uttarakhandjalvidyut.com. The list includes the 20 state-identified sites above.

Bid documents may be obtained until September 9 from the address below for 10,000 rupees (US$233) for state-identified projects and 5,000 rupees (US$117) for self-identified projects. Payment is by crossed demand draft to Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SBI A/C No. 30024638487) at Dehradun. Documents also may be obtained from the Internet site with document fees paid at the time of submission of applications.

Applications for qualification for both solicitations are due by 5 p.m. September 10 to the address below. For information, contact Manager (A&S), Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd., Ujjwal, Maharani Bagh, GMS Road, Dehradun 248006 India; (91) 135-2523100; Fax: (91) 135-2762245; Internet: www.uttarakhandjalvidyut.com.

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