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November 26, 2021

Wangchu, Bhutan

By Carmen

Wangchu is a 570MW hydro power project. It is planned on Wangchu river/basin in Bhutan. The project is currently in permitting stage. It will be developed in single phase. The project construction is likely to commence in 2025 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2029.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 570 570 Permitting Bhutan Druk Green Power; SJVN

Description

The project is being developed by Druk Green Power and SJVN. These companies also have ownership stakes in the project.

Wangchu is a run-of-river project. The total number of penstocks, pipes or long channels that carry water down from the hydroelectric reservoir to the turbines inside the actual power station, is expected to be 2 in number. The project is expected to generate 2,478.93 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $631.049m.

The hydro power project consists of 4 turbines, each with 142.5MW nameplate capacity.

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

Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2025. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2029.

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.

About SJVN

SJVN Limited (SJVN) generates and sells the hydroelectric power. It also carries out the designing, planning, developing, examining, executing, operating and maintaining of hydroelectric power projects. SJVN also offers various construction and consultancy services for hydropower and road or railway tunnels. It also generates hydro, solar, wind and thermal power. The company operates hydroelectric power projects in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Nepal and Bhutan. SJVN is headquartered in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India.

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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