JICA to Assist BPC in Rural Electrification Project

The Japan International Cooperation Agency today signed an agreement with the Bhutan Power Corp. to provide technical experts for its Rural Electrification Project.

The experts will help BPC staff operate and maintain rural power supply and assess the corporation’s need for machinery and equipment.

As BPC is expanding its electricity coverage in the country, the training it will receive from JICA’s experts would come handy.

“This assistance will help build the corporation’s institutional capacity,” BPCCEO Dasho Bharat Tamang said.

He said BPC has so far provided electricity to 20,000 of the 40,000 target households under the REP and is trying its best to finish the project come 2013 despite funding delays.

“The fund release was delayed by around three to six months but now we have support from all the stakeholders, and we are 100 percent committed to achieving it,” he said.

Apart from technical experts, BPC will be receiving loans from JICA and grants from the Asian Development Bank.

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