Explosion at Indian coal power plant kills 29, injures 85

Kelly Massey
November 3, 2017

Among those injured, 22 with severe burn injuries have been sent to the state capital Lucknow for treatment, while 15 are in another hospital within the district, Uttar Pradesh police said on a verified Twitter account. Numerous injured have suffered severe burns.

The death toll could rise as about a dozen people were hospitalised with severe burns.

Sanjay Khatri, the area's top administrative officer, said a pipe carrying ash from the burning coal exploded in the newly installed boiler at the power plant in Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh state. The NTPC statement also said "an unfortunate accident in the boiler of 500MW under trial unit of NTPC - Unchahar occurred this afternoon".

The explosion occurred on the afternoon of November 1 at the newly-commissioned 500-megawatt unit of the plant, releasing gases and steam, India's biggest electricity producer said in an emailed statements.

Police believe that the ash collected in the furnace below the boiler and raised the pressure inside to the point of explosion.

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NTPC said electricity supply is not likely to be impacted as other facilities across the state will make up for the power shortfall due to the unit's shutdown.

Other units are either under scheduled maintenance or are not operating now due to lack of demand, NTPC said.

The unit was being trialled at a coal-fired plant run by the state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation.

An NTPC spokesman said the company did not take safety risks and described the explosion as "a sudden accident".

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