Worker dies at Yallourn Power Station

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The Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley

A man in his 50s has died after an explosion at Yallourn Power Station in Victoria’s east.

At around 4pm yesterday, the man suffered severe burns to his lower body while working on one of four generation units at the power station. 

Police and ambulance were on the scene within 15 minutes of the incident, and the man was then flown to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

A spokesperson for Energy Australia said he sadly passed away today.

He was a local to the Latrobe Valley and a popular, hard-working employee who’d been with us for three decades,” Energy Australia said. 

“Everyone at site has been deeply upset by the incident.

“A full investigation will be done but right now our primary concern is making sure his family and our people get any support they need.”

The Yallourn power station is a large plant, supplying approximately eight per cent of the National Electricity Market (NEM).

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The Yallourn Power Station commenced operations in 1974 and every hour, 2400 tonnes of brown coal is used to boil water into a superheated steam to drive four turbine generators. These turbines have a combined rated capacity of 1480 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to supply around two million homes.

Work Safe Victoria is investigating the incident.