Oct 06

Government to float tenders to lease sea blocks for wind farms early next year

blogNEW DELHI: Government will float tenders early next year to lease out sea blocks to companies for setting up wind farm projects along the 7,600-km coastline.

“Tenders will be floated in three months time to invite companies for setting up of offshore wind farms,” New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy said on the sidelines of a conference.

On blocks to be offered in the first round of the bidding, Tripathy said, “The number of offshore blocks will depend on clearance from Defence Ministry and others.”

About the consideration for the bidding, he said, “It will be tariff based bidding. The companies quoting lower tariff of electricity will be considered.”

The government is in the process finalising the tenders, he said.

The Cabinet had last month approved the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy for harnessing this clean source of energy by setting up wind mills in sea as well as research and development activities. Continue reading

Sep 29

Delhi Metro Rail floats tenders for Vijayawada Metro

HYDERABAD, SEPT 25:  Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ltd has invited e-tenders for design and construction of elevated viaduct and stations for the Vijayawada metro rail project.

Appointed as a consultant for the Vijayawada metro rail project, the DMRC has swung into action floating the first set of possibly many more tenders, indicating at the keenness to complete the project by 2018 set by the State.

The current tenders floated online are for two segments. One of the segments covers rail network, and five elevated stations on the Pandit Nehru Bus Stand–Nidamanuru corridor of Vijayawada Metro Project and similar network on the same corridor.

The State Government has taken up the Rs. 6,800-crore 26-km elevated metro rail project along two corridors initially with a proposal to extend this with another line.

The N Chandrababu Naidu Government has recently received a shot in the arm with the Centre agreeing to support the project even though the current population does not fit the overall requirement of a population of 20 lakh for a metro rail project.

The metro project was considered keeping in view the potential of the city and likely projected increase in population.

Sep 21

Fresh Tenders for Multi-level Flyovers

HYDERABAD: After cancelling the deferred annuity payment mode tenders floated last month for construction of 18 multi-level flyovers, grade separators and junctions in various parts of Greater Hyderabad under Strategic Road Development Plan (SRDP), the GHMC will float package-wise tenders on Saturday on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) turnkey basis.

A pre-bid meeting with the firms will be held on September 29. Technical bids will be opened on November 4 and price bids on November 9.

The change will delay the project by another two months or even more.

The EPC tenders have been divided into five packages. Package-I (Rs 322.92 crore), Package-II (Rs 331.38 crore), Package-III (Rs 160.07 crore), Package-IV (Rs 196.13 crore) and Package-V (Rs 86.21 crore). The last date for submission of the bid is November 4. It will be international competitive bidding.

Under the EPC-turnkey system, the selected agency has to carry out survey, investigation, detailed design and drawings and construction of 18 multilevel flyovers, grade separators at different junctions in city with standard viaduct spans and obligatory spans, reinforced soil walls, crash barriers, friction slabs, approach slabs, pier protection works, anti-carbonation painting to the exposed concrete surfaces. Continue reading

Sep 15

MMC issued 20 tenders in violation of Nagar Nigam Act: Chief auditor

MEERUT: The chief auditor of Meerut Municipal Corporation has alleged that the civic body issued 20 tenders worth Rs 5.51 crore without conducting any survey report, map or detailed project report (DPR) in violation of the Nagar Nigam Act.

The tenders, which were passed on August 18, did not have approval from any of the competent authorities of the MMC, chief auditor Sachchidanand Tripathi has alleged in his letter to the MMC municipal commissioner, a copy of which is with TOI.

Tripathi said he had sought files related to the survey reports, maps and DPRs of all the 20 tenders issued by the engineering department on August 18 but no file was shown to him for audit purpose.

“It has been found several times that the engineering department has issued tenders without following the norms of Nagar Nigam Act, but no official, including divisional commissioner, municipal commissioner or mayor has tried to stop this corruption,” the letter read. Continue reading

Jul 21

Tenders for six conventional submarines soon

The Indian Navy will soon invite tenders for building six conventional submarines after a high-level committee of the Defence Ministry submitted its report identifying shipyards capable of executing the about Rs 60,000 crore project.

“The Committee has visited all the shipyards in the country and has submitted its report recently. It is under consideration of the Defence Ministry,” defence sources said.

Though they remained tightlipped about the name of shipyards that have been shortlisted, the sources said a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued soon once the report has been studied in detail.

Besides the state-run shipyards, private players like Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Pipavav Defence & Offshore Engineering Company, in which Anil Ambani-led ADAG has announced its decision to pick up a controlling stake, are eyeing the mega deal.

Defence sources had earlier said both L&T and Pipavav are strong contenders, besides the state-run Mazagon Dockyard Limited (MDL).

MDL is already making six Scorpene submarines. Asked if MDL would be the natural winner, sources said, the eco-system has to be developed and hinted that the order may go to a particular shipyard which could then outsource a part of the project to others. Continue reading

Jul 07

IRCTC floats tenders for premium lounges at 16 locations

NEW DELHI : Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has floated tenders for setting up its premium Executive Lounge at 16 more stations that provides airport lounge-like facilities to passengers at an affordable rate.

The new stations where the Executive Lounge will come up are Jaipur, Vijayawada, Kathgodam, Sealdah, Howrah, Dhanbad, Patna, Ajmer, Darbhanga, Bhubaneshwar, Vishakhapatnam, Bilaspur, Secunderabad, Ahmedabad, Puri and Nagpur. IRCTC, a ‘mini-Ratna’ PSU of Indian Railways, had started the facility at New Delhi station in November 2012. Earlier this month, it signed MoUs with the railway administration to set up the swanky lounge at Agra Cantt, Lucknow and Gorapkhpur stations, added the release.

“We are enthused by the growing response to the Executive Lounge that is considered a showpiece in our portfolio of passenger amenities,” IRCTC Chairman and Managing Director Dr. A K Manocha said.

“The decision to set up lounges at 16 more stations is part of our efforts to provide top-rate facilities to travelling passengers and make their journey, especially waiting at stations, a pleasant one,” he added. Continue reading

Jun 27

Mexico’s CFE launches 24 energy infra tenders worth US$10bn

Mexico’s state utility CFE has launched tenders for 24 electricity and natural gas infrastructure projects worth US$9.8bn, including eight pipelines, one combined cycle and one geothermal power station, two wind farms and various transmission projects.

The projects will add 1,442MW to the country’s electricity generation capacity; 2,385km to its natural gas pipeline network; 122km to the transmission network, and 2,962km to the distribution grid, CFE chief executive Enrique Ochoa Reza (pictured) announced at a press conference.

The pipelines include the 280km, US$420mn Tula-Villa de Reyes, transporting 550Mf3/d (15.5Mm2/d) between the states of Hidalgo and San Luis Potosí; the 355km, US$555mn Villa de Reyes-Aguascalientes-Guadalajara, transporting 28.3Mm3/d; and the 800km, US$3.1bn South Texas-Tuxpan undersea pipeline, transporting 73.6Mm3/d across the Gulf of Mexico seabed. Continue reading

Jun 16

MCL floats second tender for 10 mt coal washery

1426356045-1684  Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, a subsidiary of Coal India, has floated an online tender seeking participation of interested parties to set up a 10 million tonne (mt) per annum coal washery at Talcher.

This is the second online tender by the coal company for establishment of coal washery. MCL, which plans to set up five coal washeries in the state, had floated the previous tender for another washery on May 29 this year.

“MCL on Monday floated its second e-tender for setting up a 10 MT capacity Jagannath coal washery at Talcher Coalfield in Angul district,” the coal miner said in a statement today.

The washeries are to be set up under build operate and maintain (BOM) concept, where a bidder has the liberty to choose the technology keeping in mind the project cost and return on investments. As per the tender rules, the operator will have to establish and operate the plant at least for 10 years.

Coal washeries are beneficiation plant that separate mined coal from impurities such as sand and stones and in the process minimises ash content in it. Coal produced by MCL, with more than 40 per cent ash content, are mostly used for power generation. MCL intends to bring down ash content to less than 34 per cent, the mandatory percentage prescribed by the Union government for thermal power plants located less than 500 km from coal mines.

Though MCL has been asked by CIL to set up four coal washeries, it has targeted to set up five washeries. Apart from floating tenders for two washeries at Ib Valley and Jagannath mines having 10 mtpa capacity, it proposes to issue tender for three more washeries – at Lakhanpur (20 mt capacity), Siarmal (40 mt) and Gopaljee Kaniha (20 mt) to achieve a total coal washing capacity of 120 mt per year.

MCL had produced over 121 mt coal in 2014-15 and has plans to produce 250 mt by 2019-20. Talcher is its key coal producing region, which is home to the biggest coalfield of India with nearly 35 billion tonne deposits. Spread over 500 square kilometers area, the region sends nearly 100,000 tonne coal to Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and other parts of India daily including state-based thermal power plants.

MCL expects the online tendering would reduce contract awarding process by at least a year as against 16 months’ time taken in a manual tendering process. The washery is to be made functional within 18 months from signing of the contract.

Its other two manual tenders for coal washeries finalised in December 2013 and in May 2014 are awaiting environmental clearance.

Apr 29

Power Ministry issues draft tender for stranded gas power plants

1372797623-99The Union power ministry has issued a draft tender document for selection of bidder for providing the power system development fund (PSDF)’s support to eligible gas-based plants.

The document, issued on April 24, mentions that stranded gas-based plants, which were categorised in the Centre’s office memorandum, will only be eligible for the support. Those plants that received no supply of domestic gas during the period of April 2014 to January 2015 will be entitled for support.

Of the present gas-based power generation capacity of 27,123 MW, the capacity of stranded gas-based plants is 14,305 MW and the capacity of plants receiving limited domestic gas is 9,845 MW. The list of eligible plants include Ratnagiri Gas & Power Private Limited (RGPPL (1967 Mw), Samalkot (2,400 Mw), Pragati (750 Mw), Pipavah (702 Mw), DGEN (1,200 Mw), GMR Vemagiri expansion (768 Mw), Kondapali expansion station III.

The ministry has classified gas-based plants into two categories — plants receiving domestic gas and stranded gas-based plants. The scheme envisages supply of “e-bid RLNG” (re-gasified LNG) to the stranded gas-based plants and the plants receiving domestic gas, up to the target plant load factor (PLF) selected through a reverse e-bidding process. The scheme also envisages sacrifices to be made collectively by all stakeholders of gas power plants and support from the PSDF. State-run GAIL will be the only agency for the procurement and supply of e-bid RLNG. The PSDF support to the successful bidders owning the eligible gas based plants pursuant to the tender document has been fixed at Rs 724 crore for the relevant period corresponding to the available e-bid RLNG Continue reading

Apr 16

DMRC launches tender for Noida metro trains

69f2aa7b2c2658919b158bb072aded0a_XLDELHI Metro Rail Corporation has issued an international tender notice for a contract to supply 26 standard-gauge three-car trains for the 29.7km Noida – Greater Noida metro line southeast of Delhi, which is due to open in 2017.

Tender documents will be issued on April 10 and a pre-bid briefing will be held for prospective suppliers on May 26. DMRC expects to award the contract, which has an estimated value of around Rs 7bn ($US 113m) by June 23.

The 22-station line will link Noida City Centre Sector 32 with Greater Noida via Knowledge Park 2 and and Pari Chowk.

The Rs 50.6bn project is being implemented by Noida Metro Rail Corporation, a Special Purpose Vehicle chaired by the chief secretary of the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state and the Indian government will each provide 20% of the budget, with external agencies providing the remaining 60%.