India, Bhutan committed to joint venture hydropower projects

A recent meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay affirmed the countries’ commitment to constructing more than 2,100 MW of additional hydroelectric power capacity in Bhutan. reported in April that officials from the countries had signed an inter-governmental agreement calling for the development of four hydropower projects, including 600-MW Kholongchu, 770-MW Chamkarchu, 570-MW Wangchu and 180-MW Bunakha plants.

The Prime Ministers were expressed their commitment to the projects during Tobgay’s recent visit to New Delhi for Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

The projects are intended to help meet India’s growing need for power while also generating export revenues for Bhutan. reported in August 2012 that India’s state-owned Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam and Bhutan’s Druk Green Power Corporation had entered into an agreement for the development of the 600-MW Kholongchu and 570-MW Wangchu hydropower plants.

Construction of the plants is still pending reviews of their technical and economic viability.

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