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Solar water heating system and Solar Photo Voltaic installed in Begana Training Center

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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.

DCSD Progress Review Meeting, 2018

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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.


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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.

BPC Retreat in Haa

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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.

Bhutan Power Corporation Limited (BPC) CORPORATE MEMBER of International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA)

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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.
  • Connect with potential customers through IAIA’s network, and its 700+ participants at IAIA’s annual conferences.
  • 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.
  • Show our company’s leadership in applying IA.


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;

  1. Develop approaches and practices for comprehensive and integrated impact assessment,
  2. Improve assessment procedures and methods for practical application,
  3. Promote training of impact assessment and public understanding of the field,
  4. Provide professional quality assurance by peer review and other means, and
  5. Share information networks, timely publications, and professional meetings.

IAIA members number more than 1,700 and represent over 120 countries.


Re-commissioning of Chumey Mini Hydel Plant, Bumthang

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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.