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Six Vietnamese workers killed in explosion at Laos hydropower plant

01 August 2017

Six Vietnamese workers were killed when a gas cylinder exploded at the construction site of a hydropower plant in central Laos, Vietnam's media reported on July 30. The blast, which also injured two Vietnamese workers, occurred the previous day at the Nam Ngiep plant in Laos' central Bolikhamxay province, according to the state-controlled VnExpress news site.

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Construction on the 290-megawatt hydropower plant, which will consist of two dams and two power stations, began in 2014, forcing the resettlement of at least 4,000 villagers.

It is one of nearly a dozen dam projects planned or under construction in Laos, which exports most of its hydropower electricity to neighbouring countries such as Thailand. According to AFP, the group worked for a Vietnamese firm contracted to carry out construction on the hydropower project, which is funded jointly by Japanese, Thai and Laos partners.

The precise cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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