Druk Green Power Corporation Limited (DGPC) has officially kicked off the construction of the Druk Bindu hydropower project, a 26 MW venture located on the Bindu River in Tendu, Samtse. The groundbreaking ceremony marks the commencement of this significant energy initiative, which comprises two powerhouses: Druk Bindu 1 and Druk Bindu 2.
The project is set to be executed in two stages, with the initial phase focusing on constructing a 4.5-kilometer access road to facilitate access to the powerhouse sites.
The genesis of this endeavor dates back to 2009 when discussions to initiate the project were first initiated. The Bhutan Power Corporation conducted an initial exploration of the project sites and initially proposed an installed capacity of 12 MW. However, recognizing the region's increasing energy demands and potential, Druk Green Power recommended an enhanced installed capacity of 18 MW in 2015. Subsequently, the project received approval for construction, with an additional 8 MW slated for implementation under the Small Hydropower Projects.
Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, DGPC's managing director, emphasized the significance of the Druk Bindu project, noting that it will provide a reliable power supply to Samtse, reducing dependency on power from Chhukha and addressing potential disruptions.
The Energy and Natural Resources Minister, speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, highlighted the positive impact the enhanced power supply would have on the quality of life and economic prospects in the region. The project is also expected to generate new employment opportunities for residents of Tendruk and the surrounding areas.
Furthermore, the development of Small Hydropower Projects is anticipated to bolster the capacities of local construction companies. Hi-Tech Company Private Limited is slated to take charge of the Druk Bindu Hydropower Project.
With an estimated financing requirement of BTN3.7 billion (approximately US$44.4 million), DGPC is committed to providing the necessary funding for the successful execution of the project. The project's timeline envisions completion within three and a half years, benefiting over 5,400 residents in the Tendruk Gewog area and its surroundings.