At least 5 dead, 12 injured in US power plant explosion

08 February 2010 05:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--At least five people were killed and 12 injured on Sunday in a major explosion at a gas-fired power plant under construction at Middletown, Connecticut, the town’s mayor said.

The blast occurred during testing at the Kleen Energy Systems LLC facility, according to a statement by Mayor Sebastian Giuliano’s office late on Sunday.

A natural gas leak caused the blast during the testing of the plant, which was 95% complete and was due to come on stream later this year, according to reports.

The explosion occurred around 11:30 hours local time (16:30 hours GMT) at the 620-megawatt plant which primarily uses natural gas, the statement added.

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By: Nurluqman Suratman

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