Capacity Development for Monitoring of Hydropower Plant Safety
Through this project it will be secured that the current power generation of 1.480 MW and the functionality of future hydropower plants will ensure reliable uninterrupted supply of electricity for more than 80.000 Bhutanese households and maintain at least 18 percent of total revenues of the state earned from export of electricity to India.
Geotechnical monitoring systems for the safety of hydropower has not been considered to date. This project will safeguard and minimize risks to existing hydropower plants, provide a prudent foresight and early warning system and will ultimately ensure the reliability of the energy supply. And the in-house capacity of Druk Green Power Corporation will be strengthened with the aim to monitor the safety of hydropower projects and to manage underground structures to ensure that catastrophic accidents are prevented by timely implementation of remedies.
The main results will be
- the development and implementation of guidelines for the safety management of hydropower plants including parameters for monitoring;
- the implementation of a training programme by providing training to 2 engineers in Austria on basic principles of monitoring; training of 2 DGPCs survey engineers on precision measurement of settlement, movement of civil and other structures; training of 8 engineers for measurements and their interpretation and Master’s programme in Austria for 2 DGPC engineers in the area of New Austrian Tunneling Method and
- the Development of a curriculum for the College of Science and Technology in Bhutan on geotechnical monitoring systems.
The main beneficiaries are DGPC, 14 trained engineers, electrical, geological engineering students and relevant teachers of the College of Science and Technology.
The contribution is in line with the Austria – Bhutan Country Strategy 2014-2018 and projected under the 11th Five Year Plan of the Royal Government of Bhutan.