The failure of two cooling pumps has been identified as the likely cause of an incident that took place in Corio.

Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) was called to an incident at Viva Refinery on Refinery Road, Corio on 19 January. Firefighters arrived within six minutes to find a larger than normal burn off flare, issuing more smoke and flames than usual. 

The issue is believed to have been caused by the failure of two cooling pumps after seaweed became blocked in the system. 

Another pump remained in operation and work to rectify the fault was successful. 

A Community Advice Notice was issued for smoke in the area.

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