Adani To Enter Bhutan to Build 570 Mw Green Hydro Plant

Gautam Adani, Chairman of the Adani Group, recently announced the signing of an agreement with Bhutan for a 570 MW green hydro plant. This collaboration also includes transformative infrastructure initiatives in the neighboring country.

The Adani Group aims to work closely on hydro and other infrastructure projects in Bhutan, inspired by the vision of Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Dasho Tshering Tobgay. Additionally, they plan to contribute to green energy management for Bhutan, which aspires to be a carbon-negative nation.

The project will be located in Chukha province. During his visit to Bhutan, Adani also had the honor of meeting Bhutan's King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Adani expressed admiration for Bhutan's vision and commitment to eco-friendly initiatives, including the ambitious masterplan for the Gelephu Mindfulness City, which includes large computing centers and data facilities. This collaboration aims to contribute to green energy management and transformative infrastructure development in Bhutan.

Bhutan has significant solar energy potential. According to the Renewable Energy Management Master Plan, the country could produce up to 12 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy in technical terms. However, the current installed capacity for solar energy, apart from large hydro plants, is only 9 megawatts (MW).

Bhutan's wind energy potential is estimated at 760 MW. While wind energy is still in its early stages, the country is gradually exploring wind power as a complementary source to reduce reliance on hydropower during winter and dry months.

While hydropower remains the dominant renewable energy source in Bhutan, the country is also exploring other options to diversify its energy mix.

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