World Bank EoI for Floating Solar Project In Odisha
The World Bank has floated an expression of interest (EoI) seeking consulting firms to help it explore the potential of a floating solar project in Odisha.
The floating solar project would be set up on the Hirakud dam in Sambhalpur in collaboration with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).
The deadline for submitting expressions of interest is November 2, 2020.Consultants are expected to conduct surveys using techniques like real-time kinematic and differential GPS (RTK DGPS) and a single beam echo-sounder. They must also collect all necessary data from state and central agencies to identify potential sites in the Burla side of the Hirakud reservoir.
Interested bidders must also conduct the hydrographic study of the identified locations for the solar project’s feasibility in an area of less than one square kilometer. They must also conduct a geological survey of the reservoir’s selected area and the nearest shorelines to check transmission feasibility.
Additionally, consultants must also conduct geotechnical investigations that will be used to design the mooring or piling for the floating solar panels.
The company has also called for enlisting engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) vendors for floating and ground-mounted solar projects starting from 10 MW in size. It has also invited bids from EPC contractors for a 40 MW solar power project to be developed at Landeihil village in Ganjam district of Odisha. This was a retender of the capacity that was floated in April last year.