Three missing Chinese mining engineers found dead in Albanian chromium mine
10 February 2017
After six days of intensive rescue efforts, the bodies of the three Chinese engineers who had been trapped in a chromium mine in Bulqize following a gas explosion on February 4 have been found by Albanian rescue teams. Albanian President Bujar Nishani expressed his condolences, calling upon state institutions to improve the safety of the country’s mines.
The mine is operated by Albchrome, a part of the Balfin group, which is active in many fields of the Albanian economy. The Chinese engineers were involved in a project to open new galleries in the chromium mine when the incident occurred.
The gas explosion destroyed the mine’s ventilation system and rescuers had to build a makeshift system to ensure air circulation in the affected shafts, where there were still large amounts of gas present.
The Chinese Embassy confirmed earlier that three other Chinese miners suffered minor injuries in the blast. The Embassy said the dead engineers worked for the Wenzhou Corporation of Mining Tunnel Design, which had been contracted by Albchrome.