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Manager: No injuries, environmental damage in oil, turbine fire

Emergency services at Gladstone's NRG power station.
Emergency services at Gladstone's NRG power station. Mike Richards GLA130817NRGF

5.45pm: Acting General Manager of Gladstone Power Station Nigel Warrington has spoken out on the oil fire that resulted in a turbine engulfed in flames this afternoon.

Mr Warrington said NRG's Emergency Response Team and operations staff responded to the incident immediately and called QFES as per their protocol.

He said the unit one turbine fire did not cause any injuries or risk to the environment. 

"While the incident will remain under investigation by power station operator, NRG, over the coming days, early findings show a pipe supplying oil to the turbine control valve has failed, leaking oil onto nearby hot turbine ancillary equipment," Mr Warrington said.

"The turbine remains in operation with no major damage caused by the oil spill or fire."

According to the Acting GM, the oil leaked during the incident was captured in retention ponds and basement drains. Equipment repair and further clean up activities will commence tomorrow.

1.22pm: THE turbine on fire at Gladstone's power station at Callemondah has been extinguished, a FireComms spokeswoman has confirmed.

But, fire crews' jobs have only just begun as they now monitor the large amounts of boiling hot oil around the area.

"It's about 500 degrees ... so really really hot," the spokeswoman said in relation to the temperature of the oil on the ground.

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The fire crews on site are now working to ensure the oil doesn't reignite, which is a possibility at such high temperatures.

The emergency response team has been called and authorities are liaising with the power station's management.

1.12pm: AT LEAST TWO Queensland FIRE and Emergency Services crews and two police crews are on scene where a turbine is on fire.

The power station at Hanson and Red Rover Rd has been flooded with various first responders.

So far, swamped officials have been unable to comment.

Updates to follow.

Topics:  breaking news gladstone region nrg power station


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