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Waiver of late payment surcharge to LV customers

Ugyen Dorji General Tags: ,

We are pleased to inform all our valued customers that the BPC Management and Board has approved the waiver of late payment surcharge to all low voltage (LV) customers for the lockdown period and also for the electricity bills prepared on average consumption basis but not delivered.

Therefore, electricity bills of all LV customer with due date falling within the lockdown period and electricity bills prepared on average consumption basis but not been delivered shall be considered for the waiver of late payment surcharge as follows:

  1. Bills already cleared: If customer has already paid the electricity bills with penalty amount, the penalty amount so paid shall be credited in the future bills.
  2. Bills not cleared: If customer has not paid the electricity bills,the current bill shall be corrected and the customer shall pay the corrected bill within the due date to avoid further penalty.

BPC Management

The Bhutan Power Corporation Limited, Electricity Services Division, Wangdue will be carrying out test charging of newly constructed distribution lines and substations in the following places under Daga Gewog, Wangdue Dzongkhag and shall remain charged thereafter.

1. Babshey: 12th October 2020

2. Ngaba & Doluwa: 14th October 2020

Therefore, the public are advised to keep themselves and their livestock away from vicinity of newly constructed lines & substation to avoid electrical hazards.

BPC shall not be responsible for any mishap for noncompliance to this notification please.

Jomotshangkha Dungkhag under Samdrupjongkhar Dzongkhag, located at the south-eastern corner of the country, shares its border with Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in India. The three gewogs of the Dungkhag, namely Langchenphu, Serthi and Lauri had to stay without electricity supply for 18 days starting from 10th September 2020. The supply could be restored only on 27th September 2020. The supply interruption affected a total of 2645 customers.

The electricity to Jomotshangkha Dungkhag is supplied through a 33 kV line emanating from the 132/33 kV substation in Phuntshothang (Bhangtar). With over 260 km in length and traversing through rugged terrain, dense vegetation and several river on the way, the line has 175 transformers connected to it.

When the above line tripped on 10th September 2020 at around 9:22 pm, the electricity supply to all three gewogs under Jomotshangkha got interrupted. Early morning on the following day, two teams were dispatched for patrolling the line, one from Phuntshothang and other from Jomotshangkha to find out the fault. The patrolling effort was hampered in the initial two days due to continuous downpour and swollen rivers and extra reinforcement had to be made.

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The new 11kV VCBs were purchased in the year 2019 and were kept at Lobeysa Substation. These breakers were purchased as per the approved investment plan to replace the old 11kV VCB Panels in various Substations. The old 11kV VCB Panels were installed in the year 1986 and has been in service for a long period of time.

The commissioning engineer from the manufacturer (Pascal Switch care India (P) Limited Kolkata) could not be called due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic and therefore this Division with the prior approval from General Manager, Transmission Department decided to carry out the installation, testing and commissioning of the 11kV VCB Panels by using our own In-house expertise.

This initiative have saved  a huge cost of installation, testing and commissioning charges to BPC and their  timely installation and charging of the new 11kV Breaker Panels benefits our valued customers in Punakha and Wangduephodrang Dzongkhag, while improving service reliability.

Following are some of the pictures showing main events during the course of work and final charging:

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Ugyen Dorji General, Tender Tags:

The following R&M works (civil) of BPC which was floated vide NIT of Kuensel on 6th July 2020 (Monday) and 14th. July 2020 is hereby deferred to financial year 2021 due to the unavoidable reasons.

  1. Repair of ESSD office along with renovation of office & staff Qtr. at Phobjekha.
  2. Maintenance of office/staff Qrs. at ESD, BPC, Samtse & Gomtu ESSD Staff Quarters.
  3. Maintenance of Staff Quarters at CMD, BPC, Begana (Thimphu).
  4. Maintenance of Civil Infra. at ESD, BPC, Samdrupjongkhar & ESSD, BPC parking pavement at Jomotsangkha.
  5. Maintenance of Staff Qtrs. at ESD, BPC, Dagana & Powerhouse at Darachu.   

However, the above works will be executed within the year 2021 if the situations gets improved.  

Inconvenience caused is highly regretted.

Senior Manager