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Indian power plant boiler explosion kills six, injures 17

08 July 2020

An explosion at a Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) power plant in the south eastern state of Tamil Nadu killed six employees and injured 17 others on July 1. The blast happened in the sixth unit of the 1,470 MW site’s second thermal power plant.

NLC power plant - Image: Wikimedia / Seratobikiba
NLC power plant - Image: Wikimedia / Seratobikiba

The explosion happened at around 10:00 local time and the injured, some of who were in a critical condition, were taken to local hospitals and a hospital in Chennai, 122 miles (197km) away. The incident happened when the boiler was being restarted following maintenance.

Locals reported seeing large plumes of black smoke rising into the sky following the blast. 
The plant’s Chief General Manager and the head of the unit where the blast happened have been suspended. The state government announced that compensation would be paid to the families of those who died and the injured employees.

This is the second incident at the NLC power plant in 2020 after four people were killed by an explosion in May. In June 2019, a worker was killed and two seriously injured after a safety valve exploded at the plant.


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