It has been decided to follow international competitive bidding (ICB) process for Electro-Mechanical Works: Package EM-3 (400kV Gas Insulated Switchgear) and EM-4 (400kV Cross Link Polyethylene (XLPE) cables for Mangdechhu hydro power project coming up in Bhutan. It may be noted that there are no Indian manufacturers of 400kV GIS and 400kV XLPE cables and the material has to be procured from the global market. It may also be remembered here that in case of Punatsangchhu-I and II HEP ICB route was adopted to select the suppliers.
720 MW Mangdechhu HEP is one of the 10 HEPs planned under the 10,000 MW hydropower development by the year 2020 program of Government of Bhutan supported by Govt. of India. 30% of the project cost will be reimbursed by India as grant and the rest will be funded through a loan from India to Bhutan. The project is scheduled for commissioning by September, 2017.