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Coal conveyor incident at Hazelwood power plant

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World Coal,

The County Fire Authority (CFA) was called to the Hazelwood power plant, located in Victoria, Australia, in the early hours of Saturday morning on 13 August, to assist mine personnel attending a minor incident within the area of the M172 coal conveyors.

The operators had detected smouldering coal under the M172 coal conveyors at about 1225 hours. These conveyors take coal from the mine to the power plant coal bunker. CFA appliances attended the site, using an aerial appliance to help reach the difficult to access location. They supported onsite emergency services personnel.

Thermal imaging cameras were used to monitor the situation, tracking the heat from the smouldering coal. The incident was declared safe at 0300 hours on Saturday. The smouldering fuel and a small amount of smoke was contained to the conveyor area at all times.

There was no risk to personnel.

Coal supply and power plant operations were not affected during the incident.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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