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Rockslide kills three working on Albania's Moglice hydropower project

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Norweigian utility Statkraft A.S. has reported three workers were killed this past week by a rockslide while securing the slopes along a public road leading to the area for the Moglice hydroelectric project in southern Albania.

The deceased -- two Albanians and an Italian -- were performing safety work on an assignment from one of Statkraft's road works contractors. The company said the work was being done in preparation for Moglice's construction and that the road was closed for all public traffic at the time.

"Statkraft is deeply affected by this fatal accident in Albania, and our thoughts are with the relatives," executive vice president Oistein Andresen said.

The company said it will immediately begin an internal investigation in cooperation with local police and authorities, while members of Statkraft's management will also travel to Albania.

Moglice is one component of the 280-MW Devoll hydroelectric complex, which also includes plants to be located at Banja and Kokel.

HydroWorld.com reported that Statkraft purchased a 50% share in the development group, Devoll Hydropower ShA (DHP), from Austria's EVN AG in March 2013.

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