Fire at Callide Power Station causes widespread power outages

Fire at Callide Power Station in Biloela causes widespread power outages across Queensland

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Callide power station is located in the Callide Valley, 18km east of Biloela in central Queensland, Australia.

Callide power station is located in the Callide Valley, 18km east of Biloela in central Queensland, Australia.

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A fire at the Callide Power Station in Biloela has caused significant power outages across Queensland.

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A fire at the Callide Power station near Biloela has caused widespread power outages to more than four hundred thousand homes and businesses across Queensland.

The incident occured at approximately 1.45pm on Tuesday afternoon, when a fire occurred in one of the turbine halls at the power station.

As a result of the fire, three units at the station which were generating at the time, subsequently went offline.

CS Energy, the company who operates the Callide Power Station released a statement regarding the unfolding situation.

"CS Energy has immediately acted following an incident at Callide Power Station near Biloela in Central Queensland," the CS Energy spokesperson said.

"We immediately evacuated the power station and called emergency services to attend site. At this stage, there are no reported injuries.

"We are investigating the incident and will provide further updates as they become available."

The Callide coal-fired power station supplies baseload electricity to the national grid from two sites, the 700-megawatt Callide B station and the 825-megawatt Callide C station.

Powerlink Queensland, the operators of the state's high-voltage electricity transmission network, released a statement that it was "investigating an outage impacting power supply".

Multiple Queensland Fire and Rescue (FRS) crews are currently on scene at the Callide C Power Station.

A FRS spokesperson said an evacuation of the power station has been completed and a 550m exclusion zone has been setup while firefighting operations take place.

"Power to the station has been isolated. This incident is expected to be a prolonged event. Residents and community members are asked to avoid the area," the FRS spokesperson said.

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