Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMS) had decided to make a Solar Power Plant in consultation with NTPC. They appointed Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company Limited (MPPTCL) as the consultant for the entire project. MPPTCL knew that they needed a reputed brand that would execute 220 kV substation and associated line construction. Considering the strict deadlines of the project and the expertise required, Bajaj Electricals was brought in on 24th Aug 2016 to execute the same. A deadline of 10 months was allotted.
- Uneven terrain and hard rock strata made it difficult to commence the project. The first step was to develop the land to make it workable
- Chances of damaging nearby solar panels were high, so BEL had to find out a way to work around it
- Supplies were a major concern, as there was an excise duty exemption by MP government which would delay the entire process considerably
- There was also a local dispute regarding ROW (right of way) over the land
- Revisions up to four times in the layout designs were another factor that could act as a delay in completion of the project
Bajaj Electricals met all the challenges head on to successfully execute the project within the set deadlines. In fact, Bajaj was given the final layout on 30th Nov 2016 but it still managed to execute the project on 24th May 2017. The before-time completion of the project was also strongly appreciated by the client.
How We Did It
The team of experts at Bajaj Electricals Ltd. used their skillset to work their way around every loophole and challenge to complete the project well within time.
- The problem of uneven terrain and hard rock strata was solved over a course of two months. Bajaj deputed five JCB and two Proclain for continuous 24-hour operation. A total of 70000 m³ cutting and filling was done for this task alone
- Work, especially rock cutting, was planned in a way to ensure that there was no damage to nearby solar panels
- Dispute regarding ROW was solved by help of local administration
- To avoid delays in supplies due to EDEC issuance, Bajaj tied up with local MPPTCL stores and took materials on replenishment basis
- Even though layout was changed four times, Bajaj decided to continue work as the changes made were not major. Also, to ensure timely completion of work BEL decided to delegate work to two trusted and financially stable contractors
- Continuous follow up by the BEL team also ensured that the drawing approvals from MPPTCL was taken within two months