Pipe burst at India's 100-MW Sorang hydropower plant kills three

Himachal Pradesh

Three people are dead and others injured after an inlet valve burst yesterday at India's 100-MW Sorang hydropower project.

News agencies report that the pipe burst around 10 p.m., killing two security guards at the Sorang complex and a resident in nearby Rohru. The waters also damaged a number of houses and carried away at least two other workers.

"We can confirm that two contractors working at the Sorang hydropower plant are missing following an incident which is believed to involve a failure within a section of the facility's penstock pipeline," owner Abu Dhabi National Energy Co. (TAQA) said in a statement. "Families of the missing individuals have been informed.

Located on the Soran Khad River in the northern Himachal Pradesh state, TAQA (ADX: TAQA) reported that the plant became operational earlier this month.

TAQA and partner Jyoti Structures Ltd.acquired a minority interest in the run-of-river plant from Himachal Sorang Power Ltd. (HSPL) in January 2013.

TAQA has since acquired the majority share in the plant.

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