Wollongong power station on fire as thick black smoke causes closure of nearby airport 


Power station on fire as thick black smoke causes closure of nearby airport

Two Australian airports had to be closed after being engulfed by dense black smoke from a burning power station after explosions rang out at the site.

Tallawarra Power Station in Yallah Bay, was in flames in dramatic scenes on Saturday afternoon, forcing the closure of Shellharbour and Albion Park airports 90 minutes south of Sydney.

Fire and Rescue NSW responded to ‘numerous’ triple-0 calls about explosions at the plant followed by turgid plumes of smoke in the aftermath.

Tallawarra is a gas-fired coal power station with a 435 megawatt generation capacity, enough to supply power to up to 200,000 homes. 

The fire service sent 16 trucks to the site where it is understood more than 100,000 litres of oil caught on fire.

It is thought the huge fire could burn for up to four days. 

Black smoke filled the surrounding air and was seen across the Illawarra region, on the the New South Wales south coast, on Saturday afternoon.

Fire crews were trying desperately to extinguish the blaze on Saturday. 

More to come 

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