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Explosion kills one at Canada's Upper Lillooet hydropower plant

23 November 2015

An explosion on November 19 at the Upper Lillooet hydropower project in British Columbia left one person dead, majority owner Innergex Renewable Energy Inc said in a statement. The worker -- an employee of contractor CRT-EBC - was handling explosives at an Upper Lillooet construction site when they detonated.

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"We are all, at Innergex, deeply saddened by this news, and our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the deceased, and those affected by this accident," president and CEO Michel Letellier said. "Innergex is collaborating fully with authorities through the course of their investigation."

The company said a second employee had "received medical care and is currently considered out of danger."

The Upper Lillooet project will be located in British Columbia's Pemberton Valley on Crown land. The complex will consist of two separate run-of-river facilities -- the 81.4-MW Upper Lillooet and 25.3-MW Boulder Creek hydropower plants.

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