(EnergyAsia, May 29) — Bhutan has inaugurated the 60MW Kurichhu Hydro-Electric Project (HEP) the Kurichhu river.


The Rs5.6 billion plant will supply electricity to districts in easten Bhutan, with any surplus to be exported to India. (US$1=Rs45). The project was funded by India, boosting ties between the two countries.


“The Kurichhu Hydro Electric Project marks yet another milestone in the ongoing partnership between India and Bhutan in the hydro power sector. It is a manifestation of the close ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries and the potential that exists for joint projects for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries,” said a spokesman for Bhutan’s External Affairs Ministry.


The project was executed by the country’s National Hydro-Electric Power Corporation (NHPC) and was commissioned in 2002.