Electricity tariff has always been higher: ABI

June 3 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

The Association of Bhutanese Industries (ABI), in its assessment of the electricity tariff revision proposals submitted by the two power companies, claimed that tariff has always been on the higher side.

The ABI appealed to the Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA) to review some of the variables used by the Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) and Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) … Continue Reading

Domestic power tariff revision proposed

May 30 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

With the three-year tariff cycle ending next month, the Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) and Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) have proposed domestic electricity tariff revision for the next three years.

The Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA) has conducted its public hearing and is in the process of reviewing the proposals from the… Continue Reading

3,460 acres of forest lost to hydropower projects

May 31 | Kuensel
By Phub Dem

Bhutan lost about 3,460 acres of forest cover due to construction of three hydropower projects – Punatsangchhu-I, Punatsangchhu-II, and Mangdechhu.

A study by Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS), “Forest Cover Loss Due to Hydropower Projects and Transmission Lines”… Continue Reading

MHPA expects to be fully commissioned in July

May 25 | Kuensel
By Nim Dorji | Trongsa

The first two units of the Mangdechu Hydro Power Authority (MHPA) are scheduled for commission next month and another two units in July.

This date was finalised based on the work progress for the rectification work on the adit gates… Continue Reading

Chamkharchhu project out of government’s plan

May 28 | Kuensel
By Phub Dem

Much to the happiness of activist and environmentalists, the fate of Chamkharchhu Hydropower project is not decided.

It is not even sure if the project will be dropped from the 12th Plan or if it would be delayed for a few more years… Continue Reading

2018, not an easy year for DGPC

May 24 | Kuensel
By Tshering Peldan

Druk Green Power Corporation suffered numerous hiccups last year besides a huge drop in electricity generation hitting its revenue.

DGPC director Dorji Pavo Phuntshok said that the company’s challenges continue with resolving the teething problems of the computer control system, the nozzle injector system, and with the convergence in the underground powerhouse caverns and the failures of rock-bolts at Tala hydropower project.

“We’re making investments in rehabilitation and modernisation of the aging electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment of Chhukha hydropower plant to extend its life,” he said… Continue Reading

People look forward to Sunkosh project

April 29 | Kuensel
By Rinchen Zangmo, Drujeygang

At the public consultation meeting about the Sunkosh reservoir hydroelectric project in Drujeygang, Dagana last week, locals expressed enthusiasm about the development of the project despite the loss of agricultural land and forest.

The 2,585MW project is going to be the biggest in the country and is expected to boost the economy with estimated yearly revenue of about Nu 30 billion… Continue Reading

Hydropower revenue drops

May 22 | Kuensel
By Tshering Peldan

With the Wangchhu recording the lowest flow due to the worst hydrology since 2008, the Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) saw the lowest generation of electricity last year.

DGPC was short of 13.18 percent of the target generation in 2018… Continue Reading

Nu 30B in the red last year

April 23 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

The country’s white gold, clean energy derived from hydropower is not so clean if the energy trade is of any indication.

Bhutan exported 4.53 million units (MU) of electricity harnessed from its renewable natural resources, rivers, to India last year earning Nu 10.5B. While this is a decline compared with the 5.37 MU in 2017, which earned Nu 12B, it is attributed to poor hydrology… Continue Reading

Mangdechhu tariff protocol signed

April 24 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

With the signing of the tariff protocol yesterday, all that remains is the formality for the 720MW Mangdechhu project to export electricity to India.

The tariff protocol was signed between the economic affairs secretary, Dasho Yeshi Wangdi and the power secretary of India, Ajay Kumar Bhalla who is in the country. Economic affairs minister, Lyonpo Loknath Sharma said that this is… Continue Reading

PHPA II borrows fund for dam, not salary

April 13 | Kuensel
By Phurpa Lhamo, Wangdue

Punatsangchhu II Hydroelectric Project (PHPA II) borrowed Nu 600 million (M) from Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority to continue the speedy construction of the dam, officials said.

The project transited Nu 600 M on March 20, after the PHPA II’s budget exhausted last month… Continue Reading

 

MHPA plans to commission between May 10 and June 25

April 4 | Kuensel
By Staff Reporter

After experiencing several delays, the 720 MW Mangdechhu project will be fully commissioned between May 10 and June 25 this year… Continue Reading

We are landlocked but our minds are open: PM

April 13 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

The state visit to Bangladesh was a homecoming of sort for Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, who spent 10 years in two medical colleges there… Continue Reading

Debt to GDP projected to decline to 76 percent

March 22 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

The country’s external debt is expected to fall from 105 percent of GDP in the current fiscal year to 76 percent by the end of 12th Plan, the finance ministry projects… Continue Reading

PM to visit Bangladesh in April

March 20 | Kuensel
By Staff Reporter

Bhutan and Bangladesh are expected to forge new cooperations in the field of trade, health, agriculture, tourism and human resource development during the Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering’s state visit to Bangladesh… Continue Reading

More power to BCCI?

March 11 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

The private sector is expected to get the much-needed fuel to kick-start it’s engine with the government forming a 10-member private sector development committee (PSDC) chaired by the economic affairs minister… Continue Reading

PHPA I seeks divine intervention

March 4 | Kuensel
By Phurpa Lhamo, Wangdue

Following numerous landslides and technical issues at the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project I, a three-day rimdro was conducted at the dam site beginning February 28… Continue Reading

In the divine power we trust

March 5 | Kuensel
Editorial

Construction experts or hydropower gurus might find it strange, even funny, to hear management of a mega hydroelectric project seeking divine intervention to get rid of obstacles…  Continue Reading

People look forward to Sunkosh project

April 29 | Kuensel
By Rinchen Zangmo, Drujeygang

At the public consultation meeting about the Sunkosh reservoir hydroelectric project in Drujeygang, Dagana last week, locals expressed enthusiasm about the development of the project despite the loss of agricultural land and forest.

The 2,585MW project is going to be the biggest in the country and is expected to boost the economy with estimated yearly revenue of about Nu 30 billion… Continue Reading

Hydropower revenue drops

May 22 | Kuensel
By Tshering Peldan

With the Wangchhu recording the lowest flow due to the worst hydrology since 2008, the Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) saw the lowest generation of electricity last year.

DGPC was short of 13.18 percent of the target generation in 2018… Continue Reading

Nu 30B in the red last year

April 23 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

The country’s white gold, clean energy derived from hydropower is not so clean if the energy trade is of any indication.

Bhutan exported 4.53 million units (MU) of electricity harnessed from its renewable natural resources, rivers, to India last year earning Nu 10.5B. While this is a decline compared with the 5.37 MU in 2017, which earned Nu 12B, it is attributed to poor hydrology… Continue Reading

Mangdechhu tariff protocol signed

April 24 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

With the signing of the tariff protocol yesterday, all that remains is the formality for the 720MW Mangdechhu project to export electricity to India.

The tariff protocol was signed between the economic affairs secretary, Dasho Yeshi Wangdi and the power secretary of India, Ajay Kumar Bhalla who is in the country. Economic affairs minister, Lyonpo Loknath Sharma said that this is… Continue Reading

PHPA II borrows fund for dam, not salary

April 13 | Kuensel
By Phurpa Lhamo, Wangdue

Punatsangchhu II Hydroelectric Project (PHPA II) borrowed Nu 600 million (M) from Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority to continue the speedy construction of the dam, officials said.

The project transited Nu 600 M on March 20, after the PHPA II’s budget exhausted last month… Continue Reading

 

MHPA plans to commission between May 10 and June 25

April 4 | Kuensel
By Staff Reporter

After experiencing several delays, the 720 MW Mangdechhu project will be fully commissioned between May 10 and June 25 this year… Continue Reading

We are landlocked but our minds are open: PM

April 13 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

The state visit to Bangladesh was a homecoming of sort for Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering, who spent 10 years in two medical colleges there… Continue Reading

Debt to GDP projected to decline to 76 percent

March 22 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

The country’s external debt is expected to fall from 105 percent of GDP in the current fiscal year to 76 percent by the end of 12th Plan, the finance ministry projects… Continue Reading

PM to visit Bangladesh in April

March 20 | Kuensel
By Staff Reporter

Bhutan and Bangladesh are expected to forge new cooperations in the field of trade, health, agriculture, tourism and human resource development during the Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering’s state visit to Bangladesh… Continue Reading

More power to BCCI?

March 11 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

The private sector is expected to get the much-needed fuel to kick-start it’s engine with the government forming a 10-member private sector development committee (PSDC) chaired by the economic affairs minister… Continue Reading

PHPA I seeks divine intervention

March 4 | Kuensel
By Phurpa Lhamo, Wangdue

Following numerous landslides and technical issues at the Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project I, a three-day rimdro was conducted at the dam site beginning February 28… Continue Reading

In the divine power we trust

March 5 | Kuensel
Editorial

Construction experts or hydropower gurus might find it strange, even funny, to hear management of a mega hydroelectric project seeking divine intervention to get rid of obstacles…  Continue Reading

Mangdechhu project’s commission slated for April

March 1 | Kuensel
By Nim Dorji, Trongsa

The 720 MW Mangdechhu Hydro Project Authority (MHPA) plans to generate full power by monsoon.

Managing director AK Mishra said the project is aiming to commission all four units in April for it to be able to come on stream before monsoon… Continue Reading

Punatsangchhu, the wintering paradise of migratory birds and birders

March 2 | Kuensel
Contributed by Indra Acharja,
Student, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies,
Yale University, indra.acharja@gmail.com

The recent news of “Bhutan’s first water sports park to be developed along the riverfront in Wangdue” generated a mixed-feeling among some... Continue Reading

Auditors attend Hydropower auditing training

February 26 | Kuensel
By Rinchen Zangmo, Tsirang

More than 50 auditors attended a three-day training on hydropower system auditing in Tsirang.

Royal Audit Authority’s (RAA) deputy auditor general, Ugyen Dorji, said that the programme was conducted to further broaden the understanding of hydropower projects in the country. “As the country awaits many more hydropower projects, it is important that auditors have some knowledge about the workings and system… Continue Reading

MHPA misses fourth commissioning deadline

January 12 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

Minor works like sealing the floodgates and concreting the adit (access) tunnels delayed the commissioning of 720 MW Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project (MHPA) scheduled for January 10 …  Continue Reading

PHPA II may complete by 2021

January 5 | Kuensel
By Tashi Dema

The season’s first snowfall on December 18, 2018 has good impact on Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), said managing director of DGPC Dasho Chhewang Rinzin. He said that there was an additional hydropower generation …  Continue Reading

GoI commits Nu 1B more outside the tariff

January 3 | Kuensel
By Tshering Dorji

To offset the loss in revenue from the difference in proposed tariff for Mangdechhu hydropower project and the final tariff, which is about Chheltrum 15 a unit, the government of India has agreed …  Continue Reading

Hydropower generation increases following recent snowfall

January 1 | Kuensel
By Staff Reporter

The season’s first snowfall on December 18, 2018 has good impact on Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), said managing director of DGPC Dasho Chhewang Rinzin. He said that there was an additional hydropower generation …  Continue Reading

PI completion could take five more years

January 1 | Kuensel
By Tashi Dema

Looking down from the Wangdue-Tsirang highway, men in hard helmets and heavy earth moving machines look tiny as they excavate earth on the right bank of the diverted Punatsangchhu …  Continue Reading

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