In building competency in the water-to-wire business of hydropower, Druk Green, custodian of Bhutan hydropower resources established Hydropower Research and Development Centre (HRDC) in 2018 with four Centres of Excellence to provide special testing and diagnostic jobs using state-ofthe-art testing equipment for its own hydropower plants, other Bhutanese industries and neighbouring places in India.

HRDC was set up to develop experts who can undertake specialized works and focus on research-oriented services to improve efficiency. HRDC shares its experiences and competencies by imparting training and participating in international events by publishing papers and professional engagement.

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“To be a multidisciplinary hub with highly specialized engineering and cutting – edge research that provides smart and sustainable solutions to hydropower sector”
HRDC Landing page


  1. Support DGPC mandates as a responsible developer of sustainable hydropower resources
  2. Reduce dependency on external expertise by building in-house competency
  3. Provide better, reliable and affordable specialized services, particularly to the hydropower sector
  4. Engage in research and development activities improvement of efficiency in the hydropower sector
  5. Help transform the standards of engineering expertise, practices and safety by engaging in knowledge sharing activities with educational institutes and related industries.

CoE Condition Based Monitoring (CoECBM)

  • Testing of Transformer Oil
  • Condition Assessment & Monitoring of Power Transformer
  • Lubricant & Hydraulic Oil Testing
  • Sediment Analysis of River Water
  • Machinery Vibration Analysis
  • Non-Destructive Test (NDT)
  • Rotor Alignment & Leveling
  • Ground Vibration Measurement & Analysis
  • Remote Vehicle Inspection System (RVIS)
  • EOT Crane & Load Testing
  • Calibration of measuring instruments
HRDC Landing page
Primary injection testing on transformer by CoEACaP

CoE automation, Control and Protection (CoEaCaP)

  • Energy Meter Tests
  • Primary Injection Tests (Generators, Transformers, CT, PT, etc.)
  • Secondary Injection Tests (Protection System, Transducers, etc.)
  • Cable & Transmission Line Diagnosis
  • Ground System Analysis
  • Insulation Diagnosis
  • Battery Diagnosis
  • Circuit Breaker Diagnosis
  • Data Acquisition
  • Software Modelling & Simulation

CoE Civil & GEOTECHNICAL Engineering (CoECGE)

  • Underwater Diving & Inspection
  • Rectification of Hydromechanical Gates
  • Bathmetry Survey
  • Grouting Services
  • Geo-technical Instrumentation Monitoring
Repairing damaged high performance concrete on spillway glacis by CoECGE


  • Root cause failure analysis
  • Engineering related services
  • Research activities in the related fields
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