The 64 MW Basochhu Hydropower Plant (BHP), located in Wangduephodrang dzongkhag, is one of the power plants (profit centre) of Druk Green Power Corporation Limited (DGPC). DGPC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Druk Holding and Investments established in 2008 with the merger of the erstwhile hydropower corporations in the country.

With a mandate to promote, develop and maintain major hydropower assets of Bhutan in a sustainable manner, DGPC operates and maintains four hydropower plants with a total installed capacity of 1,480 MW, which are  64 MW Basochhu Hydropower Plant, 336 MW Chhukha Hydropower Plant, 60 MW Kurichhu Hydropower Plant and 1,020 MW Tala Hydropower Plant. DGPC also has shareholdings in the subsidiaries namely 126 MW Dagachhu Hydro Power Corporation Limited (59%) and 118 MW Tangsibji Hydro Energy Limited, and Joint Venture companies namely 600 MW Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited (50%), Bhutan Hydropower Services Limited (51%) and Bhutan Automation & Engineering Limited (51%).The Government of Austria (GoA) and the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) financed the construction of the project.

 

Basochhu Hydropower Plant

 

Due to obsolescence of SCADA system and owing to the difficulties in obtaining technical support and spares, BHP is replacing its present SCADA system with a more reliable and efficient system with the work awarded to GE, India.

 

The neighbourhood communities of Hebesa and other villages under Gase Tsogom gewog have been greatly benefited since the establishment of the Basochhu Project as the project has enabled growth of other facilities such as school, road network, medical and telecommunication infrastructure in the project area.

BHP is conscious, of the need to maintain a sense of harmony with the community and environment. Continuous programs to maintain and protect downstream aquatic life and plantation activities in the project area are carried out.

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