Hydroelectric plant accident kills 13: UPDATE
Russian minister puts cost of repair at US $1.2 billion
The fall-out from this week’s engine-room catastrophe at a Russian power station has continued with another confirmed casualty, bringing the total of known deaths to 13.
However, a full 61 other employees are confirmed as missing, with little hope of their survival. Divers are continuing to search the flooded facility.
On Monday, a transformer explosion resulted in the flooding of an engine room at the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant, Russia’s largest. The plant’s owner said that flooding had occurred as a result of a pressure surge in the water pipes, which led to the explosion.
Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said that US $1.2 billion would be needed to repair the plant’s engine room, according to AP.
Other media reports suggested that the 30-year-old turbines had not been overhauled since 1993.