Explosion at Kosovo coal-fired power plant, fatalities feared

Confirming the explosion, a police spokesman said: "According to preliminary information, there are injured people, but there may also be dead"

Explosion at Kosovo coal-fired power plant, fatalities feared

World Bulletin/News Desk

An explosion struck Kosovo's second biggest coal-fired power station outside the capital Pristina on Friday and authorities said some people had been hurt, possibly killed.

Local media reported three people killed and authorities shut down the 40-year-old Kosovo A plant, considered one of the worst polluters in Europe. The blast was heard in the capital some 10 km (6 miles) away. Ambulances rushed to the scene.

The Yugoslav-era plant and the larger Kosovo B account for 90 percent of electricity generation in the Balkan country, which still suffers blackouts 15 years after breaking free of Serbia in a 1998-99 war during the collapse of federal Yugoslavia.

"We have information about some fatalities but that has still to be confirmed," Health Minister Ferid Agani told reporters outside the plant, cordoned off by security forces as workers were evacuated.

Agani said 13 people had been treated in hospital but that their injuries were not life-threatening.

Economy Minister Fadil Ismajli, whose ministry covers the energy sector, told Reuters that the 345 Megawatt (MW) Kosovo A had been shut down.

He said the accident occurred when a hydrogen tank exploded in a separate part of the power station from the electricity generators.

There are plans to shut down the plant in the next several years as part of an effort to upgrade Kosovo's creaking energy system.

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