Explosion at Bishkek combined heat and power plant traced to mill near 14th boiler, investigation ongoing

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – A powerful explosion at the Bishkek combined heat and power plant has caused significant damage, with the source of the explosion identified by the Ministry of Emergency Situations. The explosion, which occurred in the early hours of February 2, resulted in widespread destruction of the facility, prompting an investigation into the cause.

According to Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Urmat Shamyrkanov, the explosion originated in the mill near the 14th boiler, which is used to grind coal before it is fed into the boiler. The force of the explosion caused shards of glass and roof fragments to be scattered over hundreds of meters, completely tearing apart a roof measuring 650-680 meters in size.

Authorities have launched a criminal probe to uncover the reasons behind the explosion, which has led to significant efforts to restore the plant. Over 1,000 individuals are currently involved in the ongoing restoration works. As the investigation unfolds, the Ministry of Emergency Situations continues to provide updates on the progress being made to bring the plant back to operational status.

The devastation caused by the explosion underscores the importance of understanding the root cause to prevent future incidents. The safety and security of industrial facilities like the Bishkek combined heat and power plant is crucial for the surrounding community and the country as a whole. As the investigation continues, authorities are working diligently to ensure the facility can resume its operations and minimize the impact of the explosion on the region’s energy supply.