Capacity Development for Monitoring of Hydropower Plant Safety, Final Phase



Projektträger: GNHC / RGoB - Gross National Happiness Commission - Royal Government of BhutanLand: Bhutan Fördersumme: € 600.000,00Beginn: 15.10.2019Ende: 31.12.2022

Kurzbeschreibung:

Projektziel


The implementation of the final phase of project ‘Capacity Development for Monitoring of Hydropower Plant Safety’ aims to secure the current hydropower generation capacity of 1,606 Megawatt (MW) as well as the functionality of future hydropower plants and ensure uninterrupted energy supply to over 160,000 households. It further aims towards maximizing the national revenue through export of electricity to India and to increase the contribution to national revenue from 10% in 2017 to 12% in 2023. The safeguarding and minimization of risks to existing hydropower plants through prudent foresight and early warning systems constitutes another key objective of the project which will contribute to ensuring the reliability of energy supply.


The in-house capacity of the Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) on early detection and warning systems will be further strengthened through additional instrumentation and sustained monitoring of the safety of hydropower plants and underground structures so that risks which could cause catastrophic accidents are detected early and damages minimized.


Erwartete Ergebnisse


Output 1: Adequate instruments in critical structures of hydropower plants in place

Output 2: Enhanced instrumentation and monitoring capacity

Output 3: Provision of technical backstopping to 118 MW Tangsibji Hydro Energy Limited


After completion of the final phase, DGPC will have a pool of 33 capacitated engineers in the field of instrumentation and monitoring of hydropower plants.


Zielgruppe


The primary target group is composed of a total of 105 persons (30 engineers from DGPC, 70 students and 5 lecturers):


The target group is composed of:

• 2 female surveyor/engineers from DGPC who will receive continued training in precision measurement and data analysis of settlement/ movement of civil and other structures;

• 10 Civil Engineers (2 female engineers) at the Power Plants/Corporate Office who will be trained in carrying out day to day instrumentation and monitoring of geotechnical devices;

• 1 engineer from DGPC who will undertake a master’s degree in Austria in Sustainable/ Renewable Energy System;

• 2 engineers from DGPC who will undertake a master’s degree in Austria in Tunneling;

• 15 engineers from DGPC who will be trained in the field of instrumentation and monitoring of hydropower plants;

• 25 female & 45 male students, and 5 lecturers from the Royal University of Bhutan will be trained on hydropower construction, instrumentation and monitoring through workshops and seminars.


Indirect Beneficiaries:

Populations and wildlife habitats living along runoff areas downstream of hydropower plants shall benefit through such initiatives since the project aims to identify hazards like possible dam failure which may affect the land, natural habitat and properties. The project will allow observant monitoring of such hazards and enable counter measures to be taken.


Maßnahmen


The key interventions of the projects include:

*) Review the performance and adequacy of instrumentations installed in various components of each of the power plant and submit findings and recommendations for improvement, augmentation and modernization;

*) Assistance in identification, tendering and installation of equipment in line with defined technical specifications to re-established, refurbish and replace the required instrumentations.

*) Capacity strengthening of DGPC engineers in the use of various instrumentations, data management/ regulation, sustainable/ renewable energy and tunneling.

*) Validation and recommendation to geotechnical appraisals and design with regard to the ongoing construction of hydropower plants.


Hintergrundinformation


The hydropower structures in Bhutan have been installed with different instrumentation techniques; however, the frequent teething issue, e.g., rock bolt failures in Tala Hydropower Plant (THP), creeping movement/settlements of structures and cracks which are undetectable through visual inspections are some of the persisting issues in the power plants.


DGPC, with technical backstopping from consultants from Consortium BERNARD-POYRY, successfully implemented and achieved the intended results of the phase 1 of the project through the three years (2016 – 2018) support of EUR 1.3 million from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). The 2019 external evaluation confirmed the relevance of the project and its successful implementation including the enhanced competencies for 3D monitoring and precision levelling (a part of instrumentation). However, the evaluation noted capacity gaps and recommended to consolidate the development of the capacities.

To promote the sustainability of capacity development on hydropower engineering, DGPC has set up the Hydropower Research and Development Centre which will lead the implementation of activities. DGPC concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Graz University of Technology (TUG), Austria, in October 2018 to support each other through technical assistance, sharing of expertise, training, conferences, field visits and study tours.


The project directly contributes to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 in ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Bhutanese and is in line with the Bhutan Country Strategy 2019 – 2023.

Projektnummer2296-00/2019
MittelherkunftOEZA
Sektor Energiegewinnung /erneuerbare Energiequellen
Tied
ModalitätProject-type interventions
Marker Environment: 1, Climate change mitigation: 1, Poverty: 1
  • Marker: kennzeichnet und bewertet die entwicklungspolitische Zielsetzung eines Projektes auf Gendergleichstellung, Reproduktive Gesundheit, Umweltschutz, Demokratieförderung, Armutsorientierung, Entwicklung des Handels sowie auf die Erfüllung der Klima- Biodiversitäts- und Wüstenkonventionen.
    • 1= das entwicklungspolitische Ziel ist in das Projekt integriert
    • 2= das entwicklungspolitsche Ziel ist der spezifische Inhalt des Projekts
  • Mittelherkunft: Die ADA setzt in Projekten und Programmen Mittel der Österreichischen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (OEZA) sowie anderer Finanzierungsquellen um.
    • AKF - Auslandskatastrophenfonds der Österreichischen Bundesregierung
    • BMLFUW - Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
    • EU - Mittel der Europäischen Kommission
    • Andere Geber - Diverse Finanzquellen, die dem jährlichen Geschäftsbericht der ADA im Detail zu entnehmen sind.
  • Modalität: definiert die Art der Hilfe (z.B: Sektorbudgethilfe, Kernbeiträge an multilaterale Institutionen, Projekthilfe, Technische Assistenz (personelle Hilfe), Bildungsarbeit im Inland, etc.)
  • Sektor: bezeichnet den wirtschaftlichen oder sozialen Sektor des Partnerlandes, welcher mit dem Projekt/Programm unterstützt wird.
  • Tied/Untied: Ungebundene (untied) Hilfe ermöglicht dem Projektpartner im Entwicklungsland - unter Befolgung der lokalen Beschaffungsregeln - freie Entscheidung über die Herkunftsländer im Zuge der Beschaffung von Dienstleistungen und Waren. Gebundene (tied) Hilfe verknüpft die Hilfsleistung auf die Beschaffung aus dem Geberland oder aus einem eingeschränkten Kreis von Ländern.