Elec­tri­fy­ing Bhutan

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ADB is help­ing bring elec­tric­ity to vil­lages all over Bhutan, sup­port­ing the coun­try’s ef­forts to pro­vide ev­ery home with elec­tric­ity by 2013. ADB’s as­sis­tance to Bhutan’s en­ergy sec­tor has in­cluded five loans to­tal­ing $132 mil­lion. Over the years, ADB has sup­ported projects that have helped in­stall or up­grade 1,260 km, of trans­mis­sion lines and 1,770 km of dis­tri­bu­tion lines, bring­ing elec­tric­ity to nearly 17,000 house­holds. ADB-sup­ported Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and Net­work Ex­pan­sion Pro­ject, which be­gan in 2004, brings elec­tric­ity to more than 8,000 new con­sumers ev­ery year, in­clud­ing poor house­holds, schools, and hos­pi­tals. Bharat Ta­mong Yonzen, the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Bhutan Power Cor­po­ra­tion (BPC), said that ADB was a driv­ing force from day one in the coun­try’s “elec­tric­ity for all” ini­tia­tive. “ADB has been fun­da­men­tal in pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pro­gram of Bhutan,” noted Yonzen. In that sense, nearly ev­ery­one in Bhutan is a ben­e­fi­ciary of ADB.

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