Mangdecchu-Hyrdoelectric Power Plant in Bhutan (Download PDF)

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The Mangadecchu-Hydroelectric Power Plant project was inaugurated on 02 August 2019 in Bhutan by the Prime Minister of India. This hydroelectric plant is going to further strengthen the ties between the two countries. This is a hydroelectric plant with a cost of around Rs. 4500 crore being developed by the Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA).

Image shows Mangdecchu-Hyrdoelectric Power Plant in Bhutan

Image Shows Mangdecchu-Hyrdoelectric Power Plant in Bhutan

Image shows Mangdecchu-Hyrdoelectric Power Plant in Bhutan

The hydro-power generation capacity in Bhutan with the mutual cooperation of both the countries has crossed 2000 MW. Around 70 % of the loan of the project is being funded by India including 30 percent grant. The project is expected to generate 2,923 GWh of electricity.

Image shows Map Location of Bhutan

Image Shows Map Location of Bhutan

Image shows Map Location of Bhutan

Project Overview

  • The Mangadecchu-Hydroelectric Power Project between Bhutan-India friendship projects, is a 720MW run-of-river power plant built on the Mangdechhu River in Trongsa Dzongkhag district of central Bhutan.

  • It was developed by the Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA), which was jointly constituted by the Indian and the Bhutanese governments.

  • Most of the energy requirements of Bhutan will be fulfilled by the electricity generation through this project.

Significance and Advantages

  • Being fueled by water, hydropower won’t pollute the air like power plants that burn fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas.

  • Hydroelectric power will allow each state of Bhutan to produce their own energy without being reliant on international fuel sources.

  • As the fossil fuels are getting depleted rapidly the hydropower energy will act as the renewable source towards meeting the energy requirements of the people and industries in Bhutan.

  • A variety of recreational opportunities, notably fishing, swimming, and boating using the hydropower thereby creating the reservoirs.

  • The public access to the reservoir shall further allow the public to take advantage of these opportunities.

  • Some hydropower facilities can quickly go from zero power to maximum output. Because hydropower plants can generate power to the grid immediately, they provide essential back-up power during major electricity outages or disruptions.

  • The hydropower efforts produce a number of benefits, such as flood control, irrigation, and water supply which will further help in boosting Bhutan in improving the life of people in addition to a sustainable fuel source.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 26, 2019

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