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Two rescuers die in Thai waste-to-electricity plant gas leak

10 June 2013

Two men died trying to rescue a husband and wife caught in a gas leak overnight at a power plant under construction in Yan Ta Khao, Trang province, 680 kilometres south of Bangkok. The two men, a New Zealand engineer and a Thai employee, tried to save the couple who had passed out in a three-metre wide, three-story ventilation chimney.

The couple passed out after inhaling toxic gas, suspected to be ammonia, on June 10.

The 5-megawatt power plant will be fuelled by leftover rubber and wood from toy producer Plan Creations Co, which planned to sell excess power to the local electricity authority. Both of the dead worked for Renewable Energy Plus, based in Kuala Lumpur.

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