Yallourn power station fire under control but generators currently running at a minimum

A fire at the Yallourn W power station has been contained, but its operator says generators are expected to stay at minimum production until its coal conveyor belt is working safely.

Key points:A fire in Yallourn's coal distribution facility started around midday and was extinguished 40 minutes laterThree of the station's four units were reduced to minimum production Operator Energy Australia says it will investigate the cause of the fire

The fire at the station's coal distribution facility started around midday and was extinguished in 40 minutes by the company's on-site firefighters and emergency services. 

A spokesperson for the station's operator, Energy Australia, said workers were "safe and well". 

"Employees in the immediate area were evacuated to a safe location while the fire was being extinguished," the operator said. 

One of the station's four generating units was already offline for maintenance, and the remaining three are currently at minimum production while the coal conveyor belt is assessed for safety. 

Yallourn power station.
The fire at the station's coal distribution facility started around midday.(ABC Melbourne: Nicole Asher, file photo)

The spokesperson said a return to normal production is expected this evening. 

"Their estimated return to service is this evening in line with the advice and the consent of WorkSafe Victoria, ensuring the equipment is safe to operate," the operator said.

The company says an investigation into the cause of the fire will be conducted. 

The CEO of Environment Victoria Jono La Nauze welcomed the investigation.

"We are glad this fire has been extinguished quickly and it will be crucial to establish the cause of the fire and to ensure this doesn't keep happening in the future," he said.

"Yet again, Latrobe Valley residents have been exposed to harmful toxic smoke as a result of a fire at another power station."

Posted 11 Nov 202111 Nov 2021Thu 11 Nov 2021 at 8:38am, updated 11 Nov 202111 Nov 2021Thu 11 Nov 2021 at 9:03amShareCopy linkFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsApp

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