Tata Power commissions unit 1 of Dagachhu hydro project in Bhutan

 Tata Power has commissioned 63 MW sized unit 1 of its 126 MW Dagachhu Hydro Power Corporation (DHPC) in Bhutan. The project is in line with Tata Power’s commitment to commission 120 MW of new Hydro Power Project this year as part of the centenary year celebration theme of Invisible Goodness, and is the first cross border project registered under UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). 
The Dagachhu project is a joint venture initiative between Tata Power (and Druk Green Power Corporation, owned by Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB), and National Pension and Provident Fund of Bhutan. With the commissioning of the project, Tata Power’s total hydro generation capacity stands at 513 MW and overall capacity at 8,684 MW.
The Dagachhu Project is 126 MW (2X63 MW) run of river hydro project located in Dagana Dzongkhag, Bhutan.
The commercial flow of energy generated from the Dagachhu project to India officially started at 00:30 hours in the morning (Bhutan time) on 21st February. The test run for the second unit of 63 MW will also be immediately started and expected to be completed soon.The Dagachhu project is the first cross-border CDM project that has led to other projects being cleared under the Clean Development Mechanism.
The main promoter, ADB, has agreed to finance the 118 MW Nikachhu project and also expand on ADB’s involvement in Bhutan’s hydropower sector.
This commissioning of the project marks a significant milestone on the 35th birth anniversary of the king of Bhutan and also Tata Power’s centenary year celebration of commissioning of its first hydro-unit in 1915 at Khopoli.

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