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November 26, 2021

Chamkharchhu-II, Bhutan

By Carmen

Chamkharchhu-II is a 590MW hydro power project. It is planned on Chamkharchhu river/basin in Zhemgang, Bhutan. The project is currently in announced stage. It will be developed in single phase. The project construction is likely to commence in 2027 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2031.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 590 590 Announced Zhemgang, Bhutan Druk Green Power

Description

The project is being developed and currently owned by Druk Green Power.

Chamkharchhu-II is a run-of-river project. The gross head and net head of the project will be 419m and 405.19m respectively. The project is expected to generate 2,507.53 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $803.45m.

The hydro power project consists of 4 turbines, each with 147.5MW nameplate capacity.

The project has 4 electric generators that will be installed at the project site.

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Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2027. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2031.

About Druk Green Power

Druk Green Power Corporation Ltd (Duke Green) is a energy company that develops, promotes and manages the renewable energy projects. The company formed through amalgamation of the Basochhu, Chhukha, Kurichhu hydro power corporations, and others. It is responsible for the developing and promoting the new hydropower stations. Duke Green is involved in both upgrade of existing plants and construction of new projects. The company also engaged in the infrastructure works such as bridges and roads for the 118 MW Nikachhu project. It provides functions such as site investigations, preparing design and engineering, structuring projects, contracting, and others. The company operates with four subsidiary companies Bhutan Hydropower Services Ltd, Dagachhu Hydro Power Corp, Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Ltd, and Tangsibji Hydro Energy Ltd. Duke Green is headquartered in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Methodology

All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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