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NTPC issues EoI to set up 1 GW BESS at its power plants in India

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NTPC has announced that it has floated a global tender to invite expression of interest (EoI) for setting up 1000 MWh of grid-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) at its power plants in India.

"Any Indian/Global Company/ their Consortium/ Affiliates/Representatives are requested to submit EoI for setting up 1000 MWh of Grid-scale BESS at NTPC Power Plants in India," the tender floated on June 26, 2021, said.

The tender notice said this expression of interest (EoI) is to evaluate commercialization prospects of setting up grid-scale BESS.

After ascertaining the applicants through EoI, Request for Proposals (RFP) for undertaking projects across multiple NTPC plants shall be requested separately for setting up the facilities and scalable model for further additional requirements.

The last date for submission of EoI is August 10, 2021. The EoI response will be opened the next day.

NTPC produces around 300 billion units of electricity per annum through its cluster of gas, coal, hydro, and renewable energy-based power stations of more than 65 GW capacity traversing across the country.

NTPC plans target capacity of 130 GW including RE target capacity of 60 GW by 2032.

NTPC's conventional fleet will progressively be required to operate flexibly to support the grid, as VRE (variable renewable energy) penetration invariably increases in India's power system under its policy-driven initiative to increase its share of installed capacity from non-fossil fuel power sources by 2030 and beyond.

It is thus suitable to pursue grid-scale BESS, the notice said.

Author : Moulin Oza
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