Prefea­si­bil­ity study of 26MW Druk Bindu Hy­dropower Project com­plete

Business Bhutan - - Money - Kr­ishna Ghal­ley from Tendu

Druk Green Power Cor­po­ra­tion (DGPC) com­pleted the prefea­si­bil­ity study of Druk Bindu Hy­dropower Project (DBHP), the first hy­dropower project in Samtse Dzongkhag, last year.

The run-of-the-river scheme project would uti­lize the Druk Bindu stream, which is just ahead of the Jald­hakha bar­rage on the Bhutan In­dia in­ter­na­tional bound­ary.

Ac­cord­ing to DGPC’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Dasho Ch­he­wang Rinzin, the project is ba­si­cally di­vided into two stages with the first stage hav­ing an­nual de­sign en­ergy of 76 mil­lion units (MU) and the sec­ond stage en­vis­aged to gen­er­ate 34MU an­nu­ally.

The up­per or the first stage of the project en­vis­ages us­ing a net head of 219m with an in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 18MW. The sec­ond stage of the project that would use the tail wa­ter from the first stage would uti­lize the bal­ance avail­able head of 99 me­ters to gen­er­ate 8 MW. The ad­di­tional en­vis­aged in­stalled ca­pac­ity is only due to the pro­posed sec­ond stage. The cost es­ti­mate for the first stage is ap­prox­i­mately Nu 1,272mn, while the sec­ond stage is es­ti­mated to cost Nu 637mn.

Dasho Ch­he­wang Rinzin said noth­ing has been de­cided so far on who will take over the con­struc­tion of the project and the mar­ket for the elec­tric­ity pro­duced.

“Noth­ing can be said right now. It will be learnt when the de­ci­sion is taken to im­ple­ment the project,” he added.

Mean­while, the es­tab­lish­ment of DBHP in Tendu is ex­pected to boost lo­cal econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal lead­ers.

The Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment from BaraTendu in Samtse, Ritu Raj Ch­hetri, said though be­ing a small project, the scope for the com­mu­nity to de­velop is huge given its eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity.

“The em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity for the lo­cal com­mu­nity is as­sured as lo­cal have the power to bar­gain for em­ploy­ment as as­sured dur­ing the public con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing. Also, peo­ple will have easy ac­cess to med­i­cal and ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties once the project is com­mis­sioned. Farm­ers will also have easy mar­ket for their farm prod­ucts,” Ritu Raj Ch­hetri added.

Tendu Gup Nima Dukpa said the hy­dropower project will be the first project owned by the Bhutanese com­pany, DGPC. The project will be com­pleted by DGPC within two years.

“It will help the com­mu­nity in var­i­ous ways,” he said.

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