Three fatalities reported after Kosovo power station blast
06 June 2014
On June 6 authorities in Kosovo said an explosion at the country’s second biggest coal-fired power station outside the capital Pristina had killed three staff. A further 13 are said to be in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Local media said the blast was heard inthe capital some 10 km away.
Kosovo A power station
Economy Minister Fadil Ismajli, whose ministry covers the energy sector said the 449 Megawatt (MW) Kosovo A plant had been shut down following the explosion. He said the accident occurred when a hydrogen tank exploded in a separate part of the power station from the electricity generators.
Kosovo A and the larger Kosovo B account for 90% of the country’s electricity supply, which is subject to frequent blackouts.
The European Union has described the plant as the worst single source of pollution in Kosovo. It is expected to be closed by 2017.