Assam: Three NEEPCO Employees Killed after Power plant Turbine Explosion


In an unfortunate event, three employees of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) were killed following a turbine explosion at its Khandang hydropower project in Assam’s Dima Hasao district on Saturday, officials said.

The turbine exploded at the project site in Khandang in Umrangshu town, following which the entire area was flooded. Several trees were uprooted with a large one falling on three employees present at the site.

The employees, identified as site engineer Anupam Saikia, manager Jayanta Hazarika and another staffer Dimraj Johri, were critically injured and died on their way to the hospital, they said.

Extensive damages were reported but the magnitude is yet to be ascertained, a NEEPCO official said.

The exact cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained, although a section of officials suspect that heavy rainfall in neighbouring Meghalaya could have led to the entry of large amounts of water into the turbine, leading to the explosion.

Experts have rushed to the site and further investigation is underway. 

It is to be mentioned that the Kopili Hydro Electric Project is a 275 megawatts (369,000 hp), hydroelectric power project on the Kopili river and its tributary, Umrong stream. The project is developed and operated by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited.

It is an important project since the Indian State of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura benefit from this project.

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