Two contractual workers have died and at least one has been injured in an accident that took place at Essar Power’s Salaya plant near Jamnagar. The cause of the accident is yet to be investigated.

Company officials confirmed the incident, which took place at around 10.45 a.m. today.

“Out of the two boilers of Essar Power’s Salaya plant, one was under routine maintenance. There was an incident leading to fatality of two contractual workers and injury to another one, who was then rushed to the hospital. We are investigating the cause of the incident and currently are focussed on providing proper medical care to the injured,” an Essar Power spokesperson said in a statement.

The imported coal-fuelled thermal power plant at Salaya has a total generation capacity of 1,200 megawatt (MW) and is located near Essar Oil’s refinery complex at Vadinar in Jamnagar district of Gujarat.

According to sources, one of the boilers at Salaya was under maintenance, while the other was in service. Hence, the power generation at Salaya was not affected due to the incident.

“The second boiler is operating normally. Further we would like to clarify that this has not affected the functioning of the refinery in any way,” the company spokesperson stated.

The power plant was not supplying any power to the refinery as the refinery has its own captive power plant.

Essar Power is a subsidiary of the LSE-listed Essar Energy plc, an India-focused integrated energy company.

(This article was published on January 24, 2014)
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