BHSL - Assuring customer admiration
Bhutan Hydropower Services Limited was incorporated on October 23, 2012. A Joint Venture Company between Druk Green (51% shareholding) and ALSTOM (France) (49% shareholding), BHSL commenced operation of its state-of-art Hydropower Service Center from October 2014 for the repair and reclamation of hydro runners and allied underwater components, and provides other mechanical and electrical repair services. The Service Center operates on standardised and optimised processes using its advanced welding and fabrication, computer numerical controlled machining, hard coating, and mechanical material testing facilities.
Located at Jigmeling, Sarpang, the Center was established at a cost of Nu. 1,137.442 million within 23 months. BHSL currently employs over 85 Bhutanese.
BHSL takes prides of its facility for hydro runners, up to 5.0 m using CNC machine tools & special equipment; thermal spray HVOF hard coating facility; machining and mechanical material testing jobs, with micro-structure laboratory; and a modern facility for repair and re-winding of electric motors, manned by Bhutanese who are well trained in the repair and reclamation processes.
Since incorporation, BHSL has adopted ALSTOM’s Environmental, Health and Safety Policy and accomplished “zero man-days lost” during the project implementation. In terms of quality construction, BHSL has assured quality works in all its endeavours. Even during the peak project implementation, operation team comprising of 38 Bhutanese employees were recruited through open job selection process, who were sent to ALSTOM India Limited for rigorous training and know-how transfer in the highly specialized skills. The team also took active part in the project erection, testing and commissioning activities including manufacturer’s training on site. Employees were also sent to the manufacturers’ facility for intensive training and transfer of technology.
BHSL received workload components from the power plants under Druk Green. Besides initial setup, reclamation works have also begun based on standards and best international practices. BHSL also established its Knowledge Transfer Center, to expedite human resources capacity building. While business is important, BHSL’s topmost priority in 2015 was to expedite Bhutanese human capacity.
Based on the Hydro Manufacturing Concept (HMC) introduced by ALSTOM, the Hydropower Service Center has adopted the standard processes. Some of the best policies and best practices of Druk Green has also been adopted. BHSL also initiated several best practices on its own. One key initiative is the E-initiatives Program for environmental care to ensure innovative footprints, and the other notable initiatives are Ethics and Compliance, to ensure good corporate governance and industrial waste management system.
With the vision to lead in hydropower services in the region by the year 2022, it is planned that the Service Center would provide services beyond the borders of Bhutan to the neighbouring states of India where a lot many hydropower plants are already in operation with many more under construction, and others in the planning. There are further plans to enhance and extend the Service Center into a manufacturing unit that could in future manufacture selected components of electro-mechanical equipment for hydropower projects.
Post Box. 164 (Gelephu General Post Office),
Jigmeling (Dekiling Gewog), Sarpang: Bhutan
Tel: +975 6 252778/85; Fax: +975 6 252779