Coinciding with the Birth Anniversary of her Majesty the Queen Azhi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) marked the World Environment Day on 4th June, 2019 cleaning up the Chubachu Stream. Volunteers from various institutions and NGOs such as the Department of Forest & Park Services, Bhutan Telecom, Tarayana Foundation, Thimphu Thromde and Clean Bhutan participated in the cleaning campaign.Read more »
Demonstration of Temporary Earthing Equipment was carried out at Training Centre at Begana on 9th May, 2019. It was organized by Distribution & Customer Services Department (DCSD).
The demonstration was graced by CEOs of Bhutan Electricity Authority and Bhutan Power Corporation Limited. The Operation and Maintenance Unit Heads of 19 Electricity Services Division (ESDs), a team from BEA, and SI&CD were among the participants.
DCSD had collected sample from Honeywell in 2017 (SALISBURY make – IEC earthing equipment 300 series kit) which is light in weight weighing around 7.75 kg. This particular equipment was tested for the more than a year for its convenience of usage at site by O&M Division, ESD Thimphu and Mr. Chejey Wandgi CTO, Wangdue. It was found out that unlike other earthing sets available in BPC, it is better in quality light in weight as well easily useable at sites.Read more »
BPC is pleased to announce that Ms. Kinley Dem has been appointed as the new General Manager,Finance and Accounts Department as of 17 April 2019. Ms. Kinley started her career in BPC as an Asst. Manager in 2002 and she has a Masters in Professional Accounting from Edith Cowan University, Australia and Bachelors Degree in Commerce, Hons. from Sherubtse College, Bhutan..
Before the current appointment, she was serving as Sr. Manager under FAD. The Management and well-wishers offered Tashi Khadar on her new appointment.
The Security Fire and Safety Bureau (SFSB), BPC made a presentation on Liquid Gas Petroleum (LPG) to the employees based at the Head Office and the residents of BPC colony.
The program was initiated to emphasize on the importance of understanding the LPG properties, the characteristic aspects of the LPG container/cylinder, practicalities of handling the cylinders, hazards and the safety elements, etc.
A practical demonstration on putting off LPG Gas and best practice in LPG cylinder management was presented.
Similar demonstration was also conducted for colony residents at Begana by the team.
The United Nations celebrate World Water Day on 22nd of March every year to tackle the growing water crisis in the world by addressing the reasons why so many people are deprived of clean and safe drinking water. This year, it was themed as “Water for all-Leaving no one behind” and the National Environment Commission Secretariat in collaboration with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Bhutan marked the day by organizing a cleaning campaign along the banks of Wangchhu and, an art and essay competition amongst the schools under Thimphu Thromde.Read more »
To commemorate the 39th birth anniversary of His Majesty the King, a weeklong Dzongkhag level flower show was organized in Mongar.
Lam Neten of Mongar Rabdey conducted a rabney of the exhibition prior to gracing the inauguration of the exhibition on February 21st, 2019.Read more »
This is to inform all our valued customers that you can now pay your electricity bills from Bhutan Development Bank’s mobile app “BDB ePay”. The app was launched on 29th December 2018 by the Honorable Finance Minister Mr Namgay Tshering. For more details you can visit the link below:
The Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC) team emerged as the winner during the recent Departmental Football Tournament (Rolling Trophy) organized by Sarpang Games & Sports Association (SGSA). The Tournament under the Slogan “Get to know each other” kicked off from 6th of November, 2018 till 17th of December,2018 at Gelephu Public Ground. BPC team won the final against the Royal Bhutan Police Training Institute Team at penalty shootout.
The players would like to thank and dedicate this victory to the Regional Corporate Office, Gelephu, and respective divisional heads, project team (400kV MTL & GIS S/S) and all the supporters who came to cheer for the team, for their unrelenting support during the tournament.
On 29th December, 2017 Bhutan Power Corporation (BPC) was awarded with ISO Certificate by Bureau Veritas which certifies that the Management System of BPC is in accordance with the requirements of the Management System Standard detailed below:
ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and BS OHSAS 18001:2007.
The original certificate was handed over to BPC on 7th November 2018 during the officials first surveillance visit to BPC to audit standard compliance.
BPC looks forward to sustaining the certificate and pledges to further improve the system standards for better working environment and safety of the employees.
The first ever conference organized by Research & Development Department themed “Engineering the Future” was held on 12th of September, 2018 in the BPC conference hall. The conference was graced by the CEO, Management team and senior officials of BPC.
The conference had a total of twelve speakers from various departments.
Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Sonam Tobjey as the 5th Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Sonam Tobjey assumed the Office with effect from 23rd August 2018 following a Tendrel ceremony at Corporate Head Office of BPC that included signing of Contract of Employment between him and Druk Holding and Investment (DHI).
To mark the World Nature Conservation Day on 28th July 2018, the Environment & GIS Division of Bhutan Power Corporation Limited initiated a Tree Plantation Program with support from the 132kV Kholongchhu Transmission Project Office, BPC and transmission line and substation Contractors at Trashigang in two Locations allocated by the Trashigang Territorial Forest Division Office.
The Project Office in collaboration with M/s. Shyama Power India Limited (SPIL) carried out plantation of about 50 saplings of Jacaranda mimosifolia, Cupressus spp., Choerospondias axillaris and Docynia indica at Sanglung (below tower locations 34 & 35) in Yangneer Gewog under Trashigang Dzongkhag.
Similarly, in collaboration with M/s. Siddhartha Engineering Limited (SEL) carried out plantation of about 55 saplings of Jacaranda mimosifolia and Cassia fistula at Corlung in Tongmajangsa Gewog under Trashi Yangtse Dzongkhag. The saplings were planted alongside the highway as suggested by the forestry officials.
A total of 105 saplings were planted on the day.
The official handing-taking of the company was held in the morning of the 26th July, 2018. The out-going MD, Mr. Gem Tshering handed over the company’s position and responsibilities to the Interim MD, Mr. Sonam Tobjey.
The ceremony took place in the presence of the Hon’ble Chairman, Board of Director and members of the Management. Chairman said it was an honor for BPC to have such a dynamic leader and wished the out-going MD all the best in his new endeavor and hoped to work in the future.
The out-going MD expressed his gratitude towards the Hon’ble Board and BPC family for their support. The ceremony ended with an offer of khadar to the Interim MD by the Out-going MD.
A small event was organized to commission the newly installed solar water heating system and solar photo voltaic (PV) at Begana training center on 5th June, 2018. The water heating system that runs in both grid and solar can heat up to 1000 liters of water and the Solar PV can generate up to 11 kW of electricity. The water heating system is run on grid from morning 4 AM till evening 6:00 AM and then is run on solar. The 11 kW generated from the Solar PV is used for supplying load to the building and the excess electricity is supplied to the grid.
The event was graced by the presence of the Managing Director, Management and Sr. officials of BPC. The Management also opened the Eco Park in Begana. The park has an outhouse, view-point, a tree house and a meditation corner to name a few. The space provides a cozy environment for official/family outings.
A Progress Review Meeting (PRM) for Distribution and Customer Services Department (DCSD) was held from 3rd – 4th June 2018. The PRM was conducted to review the progress of various works taken up by the ESDs in financial year 2018 and also to discuss the pressing issues in its core business areas such as – Planning & Budgeting, Operation & Maintenance, and Metering & Billing functions.
Two days PRM was graced and chaired by Honorable Managing Director (MD), BPC. In the closing remarks, MD reminded that BPC has been doing very good because of hard work of everybody in BPC and should keep it up in future as well to take the company forward. DCSD being the face of BPC, should always prioritize customer care. He also reminded the core values of BPC and asked everyone to give full cooperation to sort out any issues for improving the overall efficiency of BPC.
To celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and to mark the Social Forestry Day on June 2nd 2018, the Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC) joined the nation in tree plantation program across the country. BPC carried out tree planation program in three locations with support from developing partners and community people. Environment & GIS Division, Corporate Services, BPC, Thimphu coordinated these programs with unwavering support from concerned project offices and their contractors.
In Thimphu, 66kV Transmission Project office, Changedaphu in collaboration with the contractors, CDCL and GE T&D India Limited carried out plantation of about 300 saplings of Chirpine (Pinus roxburghii) and Oak (Quercus spp.) at Tsalumarphey, Debsi Phakha, Babesa. The team also conducted a small cleaning campaign in that area right after plantation program.
In Zhemgang, the 400kV Mangdechhu Transmission Line Project Division Office-I, Tingtibi with the contractor M/s. Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd. in close collaboration with Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park, carried out the plantation program at Berti Community Forest, Berti village under Trong Gewog. A total of 150 saplings of champ (Michelia spp.) and 125 saplings of Teak (Tectona grandis) were planted in Berti Community Forest and supplied to 26 households in Berti village with one number of Mango (Mangifera indica), Litchi (Litchi chinensis), Walnut (Juglans regia) and Avocado (Persea spp.) saplings for each household.
Similarly, in continuation to the Social Forestry Day event, the 132 kV Project Office, Kanglung, Trashigang in partnership with the contractor, M/S Shyama Power India Limited carried out tree plantation program on 3rd June 2018 at Thrizor and Barshong under Khaling Gewog. A total of 150 numbers of saplings of Mapple (Acer campbellii), Chenju Shing/Pipli (Exbucklandia populnea) and Zala shing (Schima wallichii) were planted.
The Management and Sr. Managers gathered in Haa for the annual retreat on 26th May, 2018. The one day retreat was chaired by Hon’ble Managing Director, BPC. The meeting discussed on some of the critical topics such as ISO, Internal Audit Charter, DMS, VEEET, outsourcing of Deposit Works and CSP related discussion on Vision, Mission and destination statement of BPC.
The meeting saw active participation from all the participants. Sifting through the importance of the topic, the participants shared their views and rendered support to the changes and initiatives under-taken by individual departments/divisions. The participants also offered Mermey Tongchoe at Lhakang Karpo.
The meeting adjourned with thanks and appreciation from Hon’ble Managing Director.
BPC became corporate member of IAIA in 2016 and have renewed the membership for another one year starting May 2018.
As a corporate member, BPC’s benefits includes:
- Establish our organization as a leader in social and environmental responsibility.
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- Stay current in the latest international news and developments in Impact Assessment (IA), and receive the IAIA journal – the widely acclaimed international journal of IAIA.
- Learn how IA as practiced around the globe can benefit you in the work you do and how you can contribute to improved global IA practices.
- Access outstanding training available on IA techniques at both the IAIA annual conferences and through customized in-house opportunities.
- Raise the profile of our company’s IA activities.
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Impact assessment, simply defined, is the process of identifying the future consequences of a current or proposed action. IAIA is the International Association for Impact Assessment, the leading global network on best practice in the use of impact assessment for informed decision making regarding policies, programs, plans and projects. IAIA was organized in 1980 to bring together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world. IAIA involves people from many disciplines and professions. IAIA members include corporate planners and managers, public interest advocates, government planners and administrators, private consultants and policy analysts, university and college teachers and their students.
IAIA activities seek to;
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Coinciding with the celebration of the Golden Jubilee Anniversary of formal diplomatic relation between Bhutan and India, the Chumey Mini Hydel Plant in Bumthang was re-commissioned on May 2, 2018. The plant was inaugurated by HRH Gyaltshab Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
The Chumey Mini Hydropower Plant was first commissioned on 14th December 1989 by His Excellency Shri Vinod C. Khanna, Ambassador of India to Bhutan (1989-1991). The hydropower plant catered to the electricity requirement of Bumthang and Trongsa Dzongkhag before the Grid Connection reached the region.
The plant had installed capacity of 1500 kW (3 machines with machine capacity of 500 kW each). The plant was constructed by Central Water Commission (CWC), India, funded by GoI.
The plant was running effectively till 2013. The machines started to breakdown frequently from 2013 onwards due to aging. The plan to rehabilitate and upgrade the power plant was then initiated.
On 23rd December 2016, the work to rehabilitate and upgrade Chumey mini hydropower plant was contracted through bidding to Erhard Automation, Austria at USD 2.431 million. The project was funded by BPC and the project period was 24 months. The project was completed in February 2018 as scheduled. The capacity of the power plant has been upgraded from 1500 kW to 1737 kW.
Besides being a renewable energy source, the rehabilitated hydropower plant will improve the energy reliability of the communities around the powerhouse. The energy system in the area will be more resilient to future unforeseen circumstances, such as major interruption in the supply of power from large hydropower plant.
On 4th April, 2018 the Hon’ble Managing Director of BPC graced the handing & taking function for the construction of Regional Corporate Office building, Phuentsholing, which was attended by officials from Department of Immigration, Central Water Commission (CWC), GoI, RCO Phuentsholing and the contractor.
The project was awarded to M/s Kencho Dorji Construction Pvt. Ltd., Chhukha at a total contract price of Nu. 46 million. The scope of the work consists of main RCO building, annex building and site development works. The project duration is 30 months from site handing/taking and it is tentatively expected to complete by 3rd October, 2020.
With OHSAP already been adopted in BPC’s SRR 2016, BPC has now incorporated additional objectives recommended by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR).
The new OHASP is attached below for your kind references.
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To ease customers waiting in queue for a long time to pay BPC electricity bill, BPC in collaboration with BOB introduced its payment via BOB internet banking long time back. However, payment via Internet Banking required manual update in the BPC billing system taking at least a day to update in BPC system. Nevertheless, BPC and BOB has finally come up with a real time transaction that allows immediate update in both BOB and BPC system as and when the payment is made.
All the BPC bill payment done via BOB Internet banking from 21st March 2018 will be updated in BPC’s SAP system on real time basis. Unlike the previous provision through the same facility (Internet banking), the billing clerks in ESD-Thimphu need not download the bank statement from BOB website and update their SAP system taking a day to update which finally affects the due dates of the customers making payment at the last day.
Bhutan Power Corporation Limited conducted a cleaning campaign to mark one year anniversary of the adoption of Chubachu Stream near Chubachhu power substation and to mark the “WORLD WATER DAY” on 22nd March, 2018.
BPC adopted a section of stream near Chubachhu Power Substation to clean and maintain on a periodic basis last year on the “World Water Day”-22nd March 2017 which was launched as a pilot project to clean and maintain streams and rivers of Bhutan by the National Environment Commission Secretariat (NECS) in partnership with Bhutan Red Cross Society (BRCS), Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), Clean Bhutan, Thimphu Thromde and various stakeholders.
Environment & GIS Division, Corporate Services, BPC coordinated the cleaning program with about 30 volunteers from BPC head office and collected about 50 bags of waste from the area and handed over to Thimphu Thromde for proper dumping. The waste collected comprised of household wastes, old rugs and cloths, construction debris, tyres, baby dippers, sanitary pads, plastic and plastic bottles.
The Contract for the Site Development & Architectural Designs for BPC’s Residential Colony at Nakula, Semtokha, Thimphu vide Contract Agreement # BPC/DCSD/CWD/04(March 2018) was signed between M/s Gandhara Designs and Distribution & Customer Services Department on 19th March 2018, 10:00 AM at the BPC Board Room for a Contract Price of Nu. 810,000.00 (Ngultrum Eight Hundred Ten Thousand) only, and was endorsed by Honorable Managing Director.
The Contract for the Regional Corporate Office Building at Phuentsholing (Civil Works), vide Contract Agreement # BPC/DCSD/CWD/03(March 2018) was signed between M/s Kencho Dorji Construction Pvt. Ltd, Thimphu and Bhutan Power Corporation on 14th March 2018, 10:00 AM at the BPC Board Room for a Contract Price of Nu. 46,001,230.13 (Ngultrum Forty Six Million, One thousand Two Hundred Thirty and Cheltrum Thirteen Only)
General Manager, DCSD and Regional Directors of Gelephu and Phuentsholing were also present for the event.
Hon’ble Managing Director along with the Management opened the salon at the BPC Head Office on 9th March, 2018. The idea had come along over a small discussion when the Management came along a small space at the back of the building which was left empty. With the Salon, the employees can now avail the service thrice a week after office hours. The work was undertaken by Civil Works Division (CWD).
This is not the first time BPC has set up services like this for the convenience of the employees. In September 1, 2017, the Management set up a tea room for the employees at the head office. Likewise in 2015, a recreational center was inaugurated and in September, 2016 creche was established near the head office.
The recommissioning of Thimphu Mini Hydropower Plant was inaugurated on February 21, 2018, coinciding with the 38th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the King. The inauguration was graced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dasho Tshering Tobgay.
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) carried out the recommissioning works in collaboration with Bhutan Power Corporation Limited at a total cost of Nu.28.70 million. The recommissioning of the power plant was completed in November 2017.
Thimphu Mini Hydropower Plant was commissioned on February 8, 1967 and was the first hydropower plant in country with the generation capacity of 360 kW (4×90). The Central Water Commission (CWC), funded by GoI, carried out the construction of power plant then.
On an average, Thimphu Mini Hydropower Plant generates 1.3 million units of energy annually. The power plant is connected to the grid.