One dead, two missing after fire at 252-MW Dubrovnik hydroelectric plant in Croatia

One person has been confirmed dead and two are missing after a fire at the 252-MW Dubrovnik hydroelectric plant in Plat, Croatia, The Dubrovnik Times is reporting.

The person whose body was recovered was one of three workers missing. It is believed the other two are trapped in the tunnels that supply water to the powerhouse.

The fire was extinguished the morning of Jan. 10 and is believed to be caused by “a technical nature.” It has been reported an explosion occurred.

Nine workers were present at the time of the fire, said Dubrovnik Police Chief Ivan Pavlicevic. Six were taken to the local hospital, and as of Jan. 10 the search continued for the remaining two, using police boats and divers.

The plant is owned by Hidroelektrane na Trebisnjici. It was commissioned in 1965 and the main components are Gorica Dam and an underground machine hall that contains two Francis turbine-generator units.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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