BHEL commissions unit-1 of Chhukha hydro electric project in Bhutan

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New Delhi : Public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned Unit-1 of the 4×84 MW Chhukha hydro electric project (HEP), following complete renovation and modernization (R&M) of the generator.

Unit-3 of the same project, built on the Chhukha River, Bhutan, was earlier commissioned by BHEL, after successful R&M last year and has been running efficiently since. With the commissioning of Unit-1, BHEL has successfully executed the R&M contract for 2 units (Units-1&3), thereby consolidating its position further in Bhutan and rising up to the expectations of the customer, Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), Bhutan.

DGPC had placed the R&M order for Chhukha hydro power plant on BHEL for replacement of Generator Stator and Rotor Coils of Units-1&3. These machines were originally supplied and commissioned by BHEL in the 1980s and were running successfully since then. BHEL’s units at Bhopal and Bengaluru have provided the equipment and technical supports for this R&M job.

BHEL has executed major projects like Chhukha, Kurichu and Tala in Bhutan till date and is presently executing prestigious export orders for 6×200 MW Punatsangchhu-I, 6×170 MW Punatsangchhu-II and 4×180 MW Mangdechhu Projects, which once commissioned, would take BHEL’s share to 93% of the total power generating capacity of Bhutan.

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