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November 26, 2021

Tala Hydroelectric Project, Bhutan

By Carmen

Tala Hydroelectric Project is a 1,020MW hydro power project. It is located on Wangchu river/basin in Chukha, Bhutan. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 1999 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2006.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 1,020 1,020 Active Chukha, Bhutan Tala Hydroelectric Project Authority


The project was developed by Tala Hydroelectric Project Authority and is currently owned by Druk Green Power.

Tala Hydroelectric Project is a run-of-river project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 3.2 million cubic meter. The net head of the project is 820m. The project generated 4,865 GWh of electricity.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 1999 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2006.

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Power Purchase Agreement

Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, PTC India and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam are the power offtakers from the project.

Contractors Involved

Bharat Heavy Electricals was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 6 units of pelton turbines, each with 173.5MW nameplate capacity.

Bharat Heavy Electricals supplied 6 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 190 MVA.

About Tala Hydroelectric Project Authority

Tala Hydroelectric Project Authority (THPA) is an autonomous body responsible for construction, operation, maintenance and evacuation of the surplus power.


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