Explosion at Kosovo coal-fired power plant, injuries reported

Last Updated: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 15:57

Pristina: An explosion occurred at Kosovo`s second biggest coal-fired power station outside the capital Pristina on Friday and police said some people had been hurt, possibly killed.

The blast at the Yugoslav-era 345 Megawatt (MW) Kosovo A plant was heard in the capital some 10 km (6 miles) away, a Reuters reporter said.

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

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

Some 40 years old, Kosovo A is considered one of the worst polluters in Europe. 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.

Reuters

First Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 15:57

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