MOEA - Ministry of Economic Affairs of Bhutan

04/24/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/24/2019 03:44

Signing of the Protocol to the Bilateral Agreement between GOI and RGoB regarding Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project

The Protocol was signed between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the Government of the Republic of India on 23rd April, 2019 by Dasho Yeshi Wangdi, Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs, RGoB and Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, GoI.

The Protocol in keeping with the Article 9.3 of the Inter-Governmental Agreement for Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project formalizes the starting tariff of Nu. 4.12 per unit with tariff schedule for 35 years. The tariff schedule, which is a part of Protocol mentions that the tariff will increase by 10% every 5 years till the loan is repaid and 5% thereafter. The Protocol also appoints two designate agencies, DGPC from RGoB and PTC from GoI, for trading Mangdechhu Power through formalizing the Power Purchase Agreement. During the signing, Hon'ble Tengye Lyonpo reiterated his appreciation to GoI and its people for the generous assistance. He mentioned that the revenue from Mangdechhu power sale will be a key resource for funding the 12th FYP. He also commended the negotiation committees of both governments for the joint effort made for timely finalization of the mutually beneficial tariff to coincide with the final commissioning of the project. The first unit is planned to be commissioned by 1st week of May 2019 and all the four units by mid-June 2019.

The signing was attended by senior government officials from both sides.