New information about the number of fatalities and injuries in the SN Power Project

2008.11.24 12:10 PM | pressrelease

SN Power, which is 50 per cent owned by Statkraft, has received new information concerning the number of fatalities and personal injuries at the company’s partly owned hydropower project in India.

In connection with the audit by SN Power of the Allain Duhangan project on 17 – 22 November, it emerged that SN Power has not been given full and complete information from the project company on all the fatal accidents that have taken place. Two fatalities among the subcontractors in June have not been registered previously. SN Power is now thoroughly reviewing the project’s statistics of injuries and reporting to ensure that there are no more instances of deficient reporting.

The number of fatalities since construction start-up in 2006 now stands at 11, while the previous figure reported was 9. There has also been 81 personal injuries that have needed treatment at a hospital or at an out-patient clinic.

SN Power has continuously stepped up their efforts to improve HSE management in the project, implementing measures such as conducting their own audits, and sending their own experts to assist the project on raising the standards for safety work and tunnel safety. These efforts are now strengthened further.

Background

AD Hydro is developing the 192 MW hydro-power station Allain Duhangan in Northern India. Norwegian SN Power is the second-largest owner of the project with a 43 per cent ownership share, while the Indian NLJ Bhilwara Group owns 45 per cent. The remaining 12 per cent is owned by IFC, the World Bank’s department for financing private projects. SN Power is owned 50/50 by Statkraft and Norfund, but there is an agreement between the parties for Statkraft to increase its holdings up to 60 per cent in the near future.