Bolier Blast At NTPC Power Plant Left 12 Dead And 100 Injured

Jay Jacobs
November 3, 2017

More than 20 people killed and 100 got injured in a blast at National Thermal Power Plant Corporation in Uttar Pradesh. We have so many units that if power cannot be supplied by one, it can be given by the other.

The incident apparently occurred when a pipe carrying ash from the burning coal exploded late Wednesday in the boiler at the power plant in Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh state, although officials said they still have not definitively determined the cause.

Three units with a combined capacity of 630 MW are continuing to operate, while a 500 MW unit that was hit by the explosion has been shut down.

Officials said numerous injured had severe burns. "The death toll may rise", said Director-General of Police Anand Kumar in the state capital Lucknow.

The unit was the sixth at NTPC and was commissioned on March 31 this year, a senior official said.

"Hot flue gases and steam let out by the blast severely injured several workers", he said.

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There were initially fears the incident may have been a deliberate attack, but shortly police said it was not terror related. A spokesperson told The Independent the incident was not terror related but the exact cause of the crash is not yet known.

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blast - one of India's worst industrial accidents in years.

The injured are being treated at local hospitals, the company said.

NTPC said the 1,550-MW plant, which is named for Feroze Gandhi, husband of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, began commercial operation in 1988, with five units generating 210 MW each.

A massive fire broke out inside and a huge ball of dust rose after the explosion, making rescue operations hard, an official told IANS.

Police said a fully equipped National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team consisting of 32 personnel has left Lucknow for Raibareli.

Note: This story has updated the known number of fatalities on November 2.

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