Project scheme : Run-off-the-river
Project commission : 2001 – 2004
Basochhu hydropower plant in Wangduephodrang is one of the power plants/profit centres of DGPC. The plant comprises of an upper stage and a lower stage.
The upper stage taps Basochhu from above Chhubotoraysa waterfall. The discharge from the upper stage is made available for generation of electricity at the lower stage through a pondage scheme. The lower stage taps 8 cubic meters of water per second from the tailrace of upper stage and an additional flow of 2 cubic meters per second from Rurichhu.
Renovation and Modernisation
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.
Socio-Economic Benefits and Sustainability
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.