Training on Hydropower Construction Projects

The RAA collaborated with the Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC) to train auditors on Hydropower construction projects in order to enhance the capacities of auditors for auditing the Hydropower sector in Bhutan. The DGPC provided 14 experts from the different fields related to hydro power construction projects. The sessions started with  basic concepts, types of hydro power projects, hydro power development cycle including various stages including preliminary studies/surveys, planning, execution and completion, as well as tendering and award of contract packages, monitoring & supervision of activities, etc.

The resource persons covered each topic in detail and helped auditors understand the overall activities that formed part of such huge projects as well as the various standards used, regulations in place, types of contracts, financial analysis, cost estimations, design aspects, scenarios and causes for design changes. The various components and infrastructure constructed were also elaborated in detail with illustrations and audio-visuals to give clearer understanding on the requirements, functions and operating processes.

The Joint Managing Director of Punatsangchhu Hydroelectric Project Authorities (PHPA I & II), Mr. Dorji P. Phuntshok took the last session and shared valuable experiences with real-life examples from the PHPA I & II and other hydropower projects being operated, constructed and planned for Bhutan.

The opening session was graced by Mr. Prem Mani Pradhan, Joint Auditor General and the Closing session was graced by Mr. Chimi Dorji, Deputy Auditor General. The 5-day training from 17-21 July 2018 was funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation and conducted at FITI. A total of 30 auditors from RAA Head Quarters & Regions attended the training. A similar training was conducted in the previous financial year which received positive feedback.

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