Gas leak at Trang biomass plant under probe

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TRANG, June 11 – Thai police continued their investigation into a gas leak at a biomass power plant which killed a New Zealand engineer and a Thai employee in this southern province early yesterday morning.

Trang governor Tirayuth Eiamtrakul led industrial engineers and related officials to inspect Para Veneer 2002 Co in Yan Ta Khao district where a gas production facility with a production capacity of five megawatts was under construction.

The ammonia gas leaked during an engine test on Sunday night.

New Zealand chief engineer Michael Paul Coppins and a Thai employee, Rod Singkham, died as they tried to help six employees injured in the incident.

An initial report said the toxic gas originated from an engine and passed through a 15-metre-high ventilation tower.

Para Veneer management said it would take full responsibility for the casualties.