Small explosion, fire at Koda Energy biomass cogeneration plant in Shakopee, Minnesota, caused by panels separating from a fuel storage bin in response to pressure from smoldering biomass; facility suffered minimal damage, expected to reopen soon

LOS ANGELES , July 9, 2014 () – A minor explosion and blaze at Koda Energy biomass cogeneration plant in Shakopee, Minnesota, was started by panels separating from a fuel storage bin, which was caused by pressure from smoldering biomass, Shakopee Valley News reported on July 9.

The facility suffered only minimal damage and no injuries were reported. Company officials, who temporarily shut down the plant, are preparing to resume operations.

Employees managed to contain the fire to a small area, the company said, noting the incident did not occur in the new portion of the plant that was opened earlier this year. This new portion of the facility underwent US$7 million in design changes and construction following a fire in 2013.

The primary source of this article is Shakopee Valley News, Shakopee, Minnesota, on July 8, 2014. Click here to see the primary source’s full version of the article.

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