At least 5 injured in explosion at Thar coal plant – Pakistan

At least five people are believed to have been injured in an explosion at an Engro Powergen Thar Limited (EPTL) coal power plant in Thar on Wednesday.

Engro said in a statement that an explosion occurred at 5 p.m. at the coal conveyor unit of the power plant’s 330 MW Unit 1. The company said five people were “directly affected” without further explanation, but said they were stable and receiving the support they needed. medical assistance.

“A safety and emergency response team was put into operation immediately,” the company said. “At this point, our top priority is the safety of our people and we remain focused on providing all necessary assistance.”

In a statement, Engro said earlier reports indicated that the explosion occurred at a conveyor belt system that supplies coal to the power plant.

“It’s important to share the fact that there was a planned outage where one of the power plants was already shut down for maintenance while the other was running.”

The company said it had shut down its operating unit for safety reasons while the accident investigation was ongoing.

The company said, “More details will be shared as soon as additional information is confirmed.”

Meanwhile, a police source citing factory management said it was a ‘low-level case’. After the incident, the police and the ward office arrived at the scene, but it is said that the fire was extinguished at the time. Police sources said there were no casualties in the accident.

Construction of China’s first 660 MW power plant, a project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, began in April 2016. It was scheduled to start generating 660 MW of electricity by December 2018.

However, coal power plants started pumping electricity produced from domestic coal into the national grid, starting at 330 MW in March 2019.