Cave-in at Hydro power plant claims two lives

Two subcontractor employees were killed on Saturday in a cave-in during work on a tunnel at Hydro's hydroelectric power plant in western Norway.

May 10, 2009

The cave-in occurred just before 14.00 Saturday in a tunnel where the two workers, employees of Veidekke Entreprenør AS and another subcontractor, were performing repairs.

The Røldal-Suldal power plant is located in the county of Hordaland, about 200 kilometers northeast of Hydro's aluminium plant at Karmøy. 

The search party found one of the workers quickly, while the other had not been found as of Sunday morning.

The entire tunnel has been searched, and police have changed the status of the search from for a missing person to a fatality. 

Police continue to search for the second worker in the tunnel. Hydro and Veidekke continue to assist the police and have launched their own investigations.

Media contacts

  • Hydro's press officer on duty: + 47 22536106 
  • Veidekke: Kai Krüger Henriksen, + 47 90519360

Next of kin contact

  • + 47 91688987

Updated: October 11, 2016