Thai authorities shut down construction at 5-MW woody biomass Plan Eco Energy plant in Trang province after two men die of suspected gas poisoning following attempted rescue of unconscious couple

LOS ANGELES , June 12, 2013 () – Thai provincial authorities have shut down construction at Plan Eco Energy Co.’s biomass plant in the Trang province after two men died of suspected gas poisoning following the attempted rescue of an unconscious couple, The New Zealand Herald reported on June 11.

Plan Eco Energy has been ordered to complete repairs and implement improved safety measures at the plant, according to a report by the National News Bureau of Thailand as cited in The New Zealand Herald.

The unconscious couple is thought to have inhaled ammonia. Both the couple and three rescuers survived, two of them with serious injuries.

The five-megawatt (MW) plant, which will consume leftover rubber tree sawdust and tree roots, will supply power to rubber wood toy manufacturer Plan Creations Co. Ltd. Excess power will be sold to the local electrical authority, Phuketwan reported on June 11.

Phil Coppins, the brother of one of the victims, noted that he was concerned about working conditions at the plant. Phil said his brother Michael had told him they were struggling to meet the deadline for bringing the plant on-line.

The primary source of this article is The New Zealand Herald, Auckland, New Zealand, and the Phuketwan, Phuket, Thailand, on June 11, 2013.

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