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Longyearbyen: power station on fire

Friday (7.12.) at 6.15 a.m., the fire alarm went in Longyearbyen, when a fire broke out in the coal power plant. The plant is taken off the net and electricity is supplied from the reserve plant, while the fire brigade is doing their work.

A complete refurbishment of the coal power plant has been a matter of political debate for some time. The small arctic town is entirely dependent of a reliable supply with both electricity and community heating. A lasting real blackout would soon result in an evacuation of the population.

Amendment: the fire was under control within a few hours. The extent of damage was still unknown at the time of writing.

The coal power plant in Longyearbyen.

Power plant, Longyearbyen.

Source: Longyearbyen Lokalstyre

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