India and Bhutan signed an agreement for the development of hydropower projects in Thimphu, Bhutan on 22 April 2014. The inter-governmental agreement provides framework for implementing four hydro-electric projects (HEP) totaling 2120 MW on a joint venture model between public sector undertakings (PSU) of India and Bhutan.
The four projects are
• 600 MW Kholongchu project
• 180 MW Bunakha project (with 230 MW downstream benefit from Tala, Chukha and Wangchu HEPs)
• 570 MW Wangchu project
• 770 MW Chamkarchu project
The Hydropower cooperation between the two countries
• It is a classic example of win-win cooperation
• Providing clean electricity to India
• Generating export revenues for Bhutan
• Further strengthening our bilateral economic linkages
Three hydro-electric projects (HEPs) totaling 1416 MW are already operational in Bhutan and are supplying electricity to India. The projects are Chukha project (336 MW); Kurichu project (60 MW); Tala project (1020 MW).
Other three HEPs totaling 2940 MW are under construction and are scheduled to be commissioned by 2018. The projects are Punatsangchu-I project (1200 MW), Punatsangchu-II project (1020 MW) and Mangdehchu project (720 MW).
Who: India and Bhutan
When: 22 April 2014