UPDATE @ 4.30PM | Power has now been restored to all customers on the Gold Coast impacted by Tuesday afternoon’s massive power outage.
A fire broke out in a turbine hall at the Callide Power Station near Biloela in Central Queensland around 1.45pm which provides electricity across Queensland.
The fire caused three units that were generating power to go offline.
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The power station was evacuated and there are no reports of any injuries.
Emergency services remain on scene with the blaze still burning.
At the height of the blackout, 387,000 homes and businesses were affected including around 70,000 right across the Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital were both briefly impacted before generators kicked in.
Major shopping centres including Westfield Helensvale were also victims.
Tram services were disrupted between Broadbeach South and Cavill Avenue but are now returning to normal.
Dozens of traffic lights were also blacked out causing traffic chaos across the city.
Power was restored just before 4pm.
“Ergon and Energex crews were immediately on standby to restore power supply as soon as safe to do so,” the power companies said in a statement.
“Working with Powerlink we have mobilised quickly to restore power in affected areas.
“We thank customers for their patience during this unexpected incident. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”
EARLIER @ 3.30PM | Power has been restored to the majority of southeast Queensland after what could be the state’s biggest ever blackout.
More than 387,000 homes and businesses were impacted this afternoon when an explosion at the Callide Power Station in Biloela blacked out power across large parts of the state.
Almost 70,000 of those customers were on the Gold Coast affecting suburbs right across the city with reports of power outages in parts of northern New South Wales stretching all the way to central Queensland.
An Energex spokesperson says there are currently only around 10,000 homes and businesses without power across the southeast, including around 3000 on the Gold Coast.
EARLIER @ 2.30PM | A large scale power outage across southeast Queensland has left around 375,000 customers without power on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Logan and parts of Moreton Bay.
It comes as emergency services respond to reports of a fire or explosion at the Callide Power Station near Biloela in central Queensland which provides the state with much of its electricity.
Energex and Powerlink are currently investigating the problem but are unable to give a timeframe for when power might be restored.
It’s estimated there are at least 67,000 customers on the Gold Coast impacted.
Reports of power outages are coming from right across the Gold Coast including Southport, Bundall, Coomera, Upper Coomera, Helensvale, Runaway Bay, Coombabah, Surfers Paradise, Benowa, Labrador, Ashmore and Molendinar.
Gold Coast University Hospital and Robina Hospital were briefly impacted before generators kicked in.
It’s understood both facilities will remain on Code Yellow this afternoon.
The Westfield Helensvale and Runaway Bay Shopping were among the major businesses impacted.
There are also numerous reports of people trapped in elevators.
Dozens of traffic lights across the Gold Coast are also blacked out as a result with motorists urged to take care.
⚠️⚠️⚠️ A widespread outage from the Gold Coast to Caboolture is affecting 375k Energex customers. Cause & duration unknown. When we know more, we'll update this page. Pls assist by only contacting us for life-threatening issues as our teams have no additional details to provide.
— Energex (@Energex) May 25, 2021
More to come.