Four Chinese workers killed in Ecuador hydro plant blast
03 April 2014
An explosion at the construction site of the Sopladora hydroelectric station in Ecuador killed four Chinese workers on March 3, according to Xinhua. The four were working in a vertical shaft when the explosion occurred, and there were no other casualties in the accident. AFP said the men were explosives experts and the cause of the explosion was under investigation.
The Sopladora site, located near Cuenca in southern Ecuador, employs about 2,200 workers, of whom 400 are Chinese. It will have a capacity of 487 megawatts and is expected to be operational in 2015.
The project, which began in 2011, is part of a network of eight hydroelectric plants that are being built to reduce Ecuador’s dependence on energy imports. It is being overseen by Gezhouba Group, a Chinese construction and engineering company based in Wuhan, Hubei. The client is Hidropaute, Ecuador’s largest supplier of electricity.