Explosion kills one at Canada’s Upper Lillooet hydropower plant

An explosion at the Upper Lillooet hydropower project’s worksite left one person dead earlier this week, majority owner Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. said in a statement.

The worker — an employee of contractor CRT-EBC, s.e.n.c. — was handling explosives at an Upper Lillooet construction site when they detonated Wednesday evening.

“We are all, at Innergex, deeply saddened by this news, and our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of the deceased, and those affected by this accident,” president and CEO Michel Letellier said. “Innergex is collaborating fully with authorities through the course of their investigation.”

The company (TSE: INE) said a second employee had “received medical care and is currently considered out of danger.”

The Upper Lillooet project will be located in British Columbia’s Pemberton Valley on Crown land. The complex will consist of two separate run-of-river facilities — the 81.4-MW Upper Lillooet and 25.3-MW Boulder (sometimes also referred to as Pebble) Creek hydropower plants.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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