Tunnel flood kills three at Vietnam’s 38-MW Thuan Hoa hydropower plant

Three Chinese workers were killed and another injured this past week when water flooded a tunnel at Vietnam’s 38-MW Thuan Hoa hydroelectric plant, local sources report.

The victims, ages 31, 35 and 42, drowned when water was accidentally discharged into a conduit while the four workers were inside. Meanwhile, the fourth remains in stable condition at a hospital in Ha Giang province.

The US$61.6 million project is being developed by the Thuan Hoa Hydropower Joint-Stock Company. The plant is located along the China/Vietnam border on the Mien River, with Chinese workers providing most of the labor for the plant’s construction.

Work on the plant began in August 2013, with completion expected in 2016.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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