An investigation has begun into a fire at Aurora Energy’s Tamar Valley Power Station in northern Tasmania.
A $50 million back-up generator commissioned last April caught fire during a test procedure yesterday afternoon.
Aurora says no-one was hurt and it was extinguished by automatic sprinklers and the George Town Fire Brigade.
The station’s chief executive Mike Brewster says damage was confined to a turbine and electricity supplies are not affected.
“Our full capacity is 380 megawatts so while this station is out we’re down to about 320 megawatts.”
“The daily load situation only requires a maximum of 200 megawatts at this point in time.”
A team from the company and independent experts are investigating the cause.
It may be several weeks before the full cost of the damage is known.
The State Government-owned facility has been supplying power to the state grid since last October.