ON GOING PROJECTS
 
RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS:
 
SOLAR POWER PROJECTS:
 
  • Railway Board has planned to install about 1000 MW of solar roof top & ground mounted power plants to harness the untapped potential of roof-top spaces on Railways buildings, stations, hospitals etc. and vacant Railways land lying with different Zonal Railways (ZR).
  • REMC ltd has recently got huge  mandate from Indian Railways for implementation of 20 GW Solar Plants on Railways vaccant land. Out of which 3 GW are under implementation.

                    

 

Status of solar power ongoing projects are as under:

        i)  248 MW solar roof-top projects:

REMCL successfully awarded 248 MW solar roof top projects on behalf of ZRs with and without Central Finance Assistance (CFA) till date.Tender for 35 MW solar roof top was also floated in the year 2019-20.

ii) 50 MW solar ground mounted project:

Tender for implementing 50 MW solar PV plant on the vacant Railway land was invited under Tariff Based Competitive Bidding through e-bidding with reverse e-auction on 31.08.2018. Work awarded to the successful Solar Power Developer on 09.09.19. Scheduled Commissioning Period is 13 months from signing of PPA. The plant is expected to generate approx. 106.25 MUs of solar power annually. Power generated from this plant will be evacuated through nearby CTU/PGCIL substation at Raipur and shall be used for traction purpose in different states for partly fulfillment of RPO of IR.

iii)  400 MW solar ground mounted project:

Indian Railways is planning to source green energy from upcoming solar park in Madhya Pradesh being developed by Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) Ltd, a JV between Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) & Madhya Pradesh UrjaVikas Nigam Ltd. (MPUVNL). The proposed capacity of the solar park will be 1500 MW out of which 400 MW power will be supplied to Indian Railways in states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, UP-ISTS, UP-STU, Haryana, Jharkhand, DVC Area & Bihar, under optimum scheduling method & limited to 207 MW (equivalent to 400 MW solar plant capacity). This proposed state wise distribution of solar power will help Indian Railways to meet its Solar Power Obligations (SPOs) as per MoP requirements.

iv)  2 MW Ground mounted Solar Project:- First Pilot Solar Project of Indian Railways along Railway track.

Your Company has undertaken development of first ever 2 MW ground mounted solar projects along the railway tracks as a pilot project for Indian Railways through tariff based competitive e-bidding followed by reverse e-auction. The project is first of its kind to be implemented by Indian Railways. The Solar Power Plant will be designed for feeding at Inter-Connection Point/ Delivery/ Metering Point”, where the power from the Solar Power Project will be injected into the 132 KV 3 Ph AC Railways Transmission System. REMCL has awarded this work to the successful bidder in the month.

        v)  3 GW Solar land based plant on Vacant Railway Land of Indian Railways:-

REMC ltd has recently secured its largest mandate from Indian Railways for implementation of 3 GW Solar Plants. These projects have been bifurctaed into Phase I, Phase II, Phase III.

  1. Phase I - Tender for setting up 1.6 GW of solar plants on Railway Land Parcels in various states under Tariff based Competitive Bidding floated in the month of April. Schedule to be opend on                              11.11.2020.
  2. Phase-II- Tender for Development of GRID connected Solar PV Project(s) (up to 400 MW Capacity) on vacant Railway Land flroated in the month of June. Scheduled to be open on 05.11.2020.
  3. Phase -III- Tender for Setting up of 1 GW solar plant along the Railway Tracks on Railway land in various  states under Tariff Based Competitive Bidding.

WIND POWER PROJECTS:

REMC Ltd is going aggressively in renewable energy by implementing wind power projects for Indian Railways. So far, it has successfully awarded 93 MW of wind power projects. The FY 2019-20 has been successful in many ways as new projects were implemented and ongoing projects were commissioned.

66.9 MW windmill project:

  1. REMC Ltd facilitated Railways in signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) and EPC contracts for a capacity of 66.9 MW windmill project.
  2. Out of which 10.5 MW was for Southern Railway (SR) in Tamil Nadu under EPC mode. This 10.5 MW wind project was successfully commissioned on 08.01.2019, handed over to the client (SR) on 30.05.2019 and O&M Agreement also signed between developer and SR on 30.05.2020.
  3. The remaining 56.40 MW was for Central Railway (CR) in Maharashtra through tariff based competitive bidding with reverse auction. 

             

 

POWER PROCUREMENT

Indian Railways, as a bulk consumer of electricity, was paying tariff as determined by State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), which has been replaced with tariff determined through competitive bidding/MoP allocation. Your company has assisted Indian Railways in obtaining the status of Deemed Licensee as per Section 14 of Electricity Act 2003 read in conjunction with the Railway Act 1989 and ensuring flow of economical power under open access, thereby reducing the electricity bills of Indian Railways which have resulted into huge cost savings.

Status of Deemed Licensee:

The Company’s continuous efforts in previous years have already brought 13 entities (including DVC control area and UP-ISTS) under the ambit of Deemed Licensee status of Indian Railways. Similar efforts are being made by your company for the 7 major remaining states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Kerala &Telangana through regulatory intervention as stiff resistance is being faced by Indian Railways in issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) and recognition of Railway’s status as deemed licensee in these states.

Procurement of power under Open Access:

Your Company successfully facilitated over 1457 MW power in the open access states of Rajasthan, UP(ISTS), Maharashtra, Gujarat, MP, Karnataka, Jharkhand, DVC command area, Haryana, Delhi, Bihar and Punjab in the FY 2019-20 under open access, a growth of 12% over the previous financial year. So far REMCL has facilitated Indian Railways in migrating about 73% of average traction power requirement (2000 MW) from consumer mode to deemed licensee mode.

Compliance to Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO):

One of the regulatory requirements for Railways as deemed licensee is compliance to Renewable Purchase Obligations. Your company has assisted Railways in purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates from Energy Exchange. In current financial year, Railways have purchased 1,33,657 Renewable Energy Certificates.

Procurement through Energy Exchange:

Indian Railways has also initiated procurement of energy through collective transaction by bidding of power through trader on energy exchange. Tri-Partite agreements have been executed between Nodal Railway, Trader Member and REMCL. REMCL is regularly advising Railways on bidding guidelines. In current financial year, Railways have purchased about 107.60 MUs of Energy through Exchange.

Energy management of BRBCL plant:

Your Company is coordinating the energy management by scheduling power from Nabinagar thermal power plant of BRBCL on daily basis with three units of 250 MW each in operation, surplus power from Railways allocation is being diverted to beneficiary ZRs requiring additional power under un requisitioned surplus (URS).  In addition to above, the company is also assisting ZR in sale of excess power through power exchange thereby ensuring that units generated are utilized to the largest extent.

Coordination with state authority:

Your Company has been providing single window service to ZRs for interaction with state and central utilities in obtaining NOC. The company has also coordinated with CTU & RLDCs for revision and operationalization of Long Term Open Access (LTA) for BRBCL power. The company has also coordinated with Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO) on transaction of URS power.