Peabody Coal, the parent company of Marco’s, has confirmed that its coal fired plant in Melbourne’s North West has been shut down for maintenance.
In a statement to the ABC, Peabodies said the plant was experiencing a maintenance issue and had been shut temporarily.
“The plant is fully operational and we are working with Peaboys Power Networks and our suppliers to ensure the safety and security of the customers,” it said.
Peabody said it was unable to give an update on the extent of the damage and said it would provide more information as it became available.
Workers had to erect steel mesh barriers to block off a large area around the plant’s chimney in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Peabodies’ coal fired plants are not connected to the power grid, meaning the plant is not affected by the power blackout.
Peacock Energy said it had a power blackout notification and would be working with the Victorian Energy Regulator to ensure it was compliant.
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