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Electrical fire on a coal dredger at Hazelwood mine

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World Coal,

Hazelwood and the County Fire Authority (CFA) personnel have quickly extinguished an electrical fire on one of the mine’s coal dredgers early on the morning of 22 August.

The fire was on dredger 24 in the coal winning area of the mine known as Northfield.

Mine operators were alerted to the electrical fault at about 0500 hours. CFA appliances attended to support onsite emergency services personnel.

Thermal imaging cameras were used to monitor the situation, tracking the heat from the affected area. The incident was declared safe at 0600 hours. The electrical fire and a small amount of smoke were contained to the dredger.

There was no risk to personnel. Coal supply and power plant operations were not affected.

ENGIE has reported it is investigating the cause of the fire.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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