Fully managed by Bhutanese employees, except for two expatriate workers, the company is a joint venture between Druk Green Power corporation (DGPC) and Alstom, France.
BHSL’s chief executive officer, Tenzin, said that the service centre would repair and carry out reclamation works of hydro runners, allied underwater components, and mechanical service jobs.
“We’ve trained our engineers and technicians in highly specialised skills at Alstom’s facilities based in India,” Tenzin said.
The CEO also said that the machineries and equipment are also supplied from renowned manufacturers in Italy, Spain, Korea, Taiwan, USA and India.
DGPC’s managing director, Dasho Chhewang Rinzin, said BHSL would be able to cater to the hydropower projects on time, besides providing job opportunities for Bhutanese youth.
“We built the service centre, not just to cater to our requirements, but focus on generating income by rendering its services beyond the country,” Dasho Chhewang Rinzin said.
Dasho Chhewang Rinzin further said that earlier they had to take the machineries outside the country for repair and reclamation, which was more expensive and time consuming.
The repair of a runner costs about Nu 15M.
Besides revenue generation and prevention of outflow of foreign currencies, Tenzin said BHSL would be able to employ about 160 Bhutanese during its peak operation.
Tenzin said with the vision to lead in hydropower services in the region by 2022, BHSL is prepared to provide highly specialised services to the hydropower sector and other industries in Bhutan.
“The centre would also carry out advanced welding and fabrication works, besides computer numerical controlled machining and hard coating facilities,” he said.
Incorporated in October 2012, about Nu 1,137M went into the establishment of BHSL. At present, there are 78 employees.
BHSL will be inaugurated in November, coinciding with the birth anniversary of His Majesty the fourth Druk Gyalpo Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
By Yeshey Dema, Gelephu