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Six killed in Indonesian hydro plant blast

26 February 2016

An explosion killed six workers and injured seven others at a hydro plant  in Kutabuluh district, Karo regency, in North Sumatra on February 24, according to the Jakarta Post. A police source told that the victims may have been electrocuted after stepping into an electrified pool of water.

Artist's impression of the Wampu hydro plant - Image: WEP
Artist's impression of the Wampu hydro plant - Image: WEP

The power plant is operated by PT Wampu Electric Power (WEP), a joint venture between Indonesian company Mega Mandiri Power and two Korean companies, Korea Midland Power Co. Ltd. (KOMIPO) and POSCO Engineering Co. Ltd.

The bodies of the deceased were sent to their respective families for burial while the injured had been sent to Efarina Etaham Hospital in Berastagi for immediate treatment.

Police said there had been 13 workers in a tunnel at the plant when the explosion took place.
Im Sung Hun, a representative of WEP, told police he had seen smoke coming from the tunnel and had asked the operator to switch off the generator set. Not long after an explosion was heard.

The 45MW medium-sized hydroelectric power generator is located in the Wampu region of Northern Sumatra and will be the first independent hydroelectric power generator project in Indonesia. PT WEP has a 30 year power purchase agreement with the state-owned untility company, PT PLN.

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