21 Jul 2010 13:25

Part of Baksan hydropower plant damaged - RusHydro

MOSCOW. July 21 (Interfax) - Part of the turbine compartment at the Baksan hydropower plant where a deadly bomb and gun attack took place on Wednesday morning has been seriously damaged, power group RusHydro , which runs the site, reported after an examination was carried out.

RusHydro officials will fly to the plant in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria on Wednesday to assess the damage and to draw up a schedule of restoration work.

Security has been tightened at all of RusHydro's facilities, especially at electric power plants in the North Caucasus, the company said.

Three blasts went off at the Baksan hydropower plant at 5:25 a.m. on Wednesday in a suspected terror attack, killing two security guards and injuring two other people, who were hospitalized. The turbine compartment was damaged in the blasts, which sparked a fire.

Electricity supplies to homes have not been affected following the attack.

The Baksan hydropower plant is located on the Baksan River in the republic's Baksan district. Its design capacity is 25 megawatts. It was constructed in the 1930s.