BHSL to start repair and reclamation of hydro turbines in Jigmeling

According the a press r elease Bhutan Hydropower Services Limited (BHSL), the joint venture company between Druk Green Power Corporation Limited, Bhutan and ALSTOM, France will commence operation of its state-of-art hydropower service center (HSC) from 22nd October 2014, for repair and reclamation of hydro runners, allied underwater components, and mechanical service jobs; following an internal ceremonial function.

Based on the hydro manufacturing concept (lean concept) introduced globally by Alstom, the HSC will operate on standardized and optimized process involving advanced welding and fabrication, computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining, and hard coating facilities.

A section will also cater to repair and re-winding of electrical motors up to 200 hp. Anticipated to cost Nu.1,137 million, the project is commissioned as per optimized project schedule of 23 months. The machines and equipment are supplies of renowned manufacturers from Italy, Spain, Korea, Taiwan, USA, India, and others. Advanced civil construction methods and pre-engineered building (PEB) are special features of the project.

The release says that with the vision to lead in hydropower services in the region by the year 2022, BHSL is prepared to provide highly specialized services to the hydropower sector, and

other industries in Bhutan. In the past, such service jobs were sent to India and Nepal. It also hopes to cater to the markets in the neighbouring states of India, in the near future.

Besides  generating revenue, BHSL will prevent outflow of foreign currencies and it will provide employment opportunities to about 160 Bhutanese, during its peak operation.

To begin operation, about 35 Bhutanese engineers and technicians have been well trained in the highly specialized skills, at Alstom’s facilities in India and at equipment manufacturers.

The release says that BHSL has already created several benchmarks in terms of meeting project objectives or deliverables, compact project schedule, project budget optimization,

stringent environment, health and safety (EHS) compliance, use of enterprise resource planning (ERP)-system application product (SAP) system, E-initiatives for promotion & protection of environment, zero alcohol policy at workplace, and lean concept in office management, to name a few.

It said that based on the eight dynamic core values, and motto as “Perseverance for Excellence”, its employees are eager to begin operation, with topmost priority on quality first. “Many of the engineering skills are new to Bhutan and the employees are excited to start the new venture,” added the release.

Over the years, there are already plans to enhance the facility into a manufacturing unit, wherein hydropower components will be manufactured. BHSL will begin its operational phase, a day before its 2nd incorporation anniversary.

Bhutan Hydropower Services Limited was incorporated on the 23rd of October 2012 under the Companies Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2000. BHSL is located in Jigmeling, under Sarpang District, in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

According to the release DGPC’s partner Alstom is a global leader in power generation, power

transmission and rail infrastructure with over a century of experience and extensive know-how in the hydropower industry.

It says that Alstom has strong capabilities in engineering, manufacturing, project management and supply of products and solutions for infrastructure. Alstom is a company incorporated under the provisions of the laws of France.

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