Ukraine’s nuclear power plant loses last external power source


New Delhi: Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) has lost its last remaining external power source due to renewed shelling. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today that it is relying on emergency diesel generators for power needed for reactor cooling and other essential nuclear safety and security tasks.

750 kV power line cut

The ZNPP’s connection to the 750 kilovolt (kV) power line was cut today at around 1 a.m. local time, Director General Grossi said, according to official information from Ukraine as well as a report from the team of IAEA experts at the site of Europe’s largest nuclear power. Quoting said. Plant.

The plant’s sixteen diesel generators started operating automatically, providing power to its six reactors. After the situation stabilized, ten generators were turned off, leaving six to provide the required power to the reactors.

IAEA issued statement

“The resumption of shelling, hitting the plant’s only source of external power, is extremely irresponsible. The Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant must be protected,” said director-general Grossi.

“I will soon travel to the Russian Federation, and then return to Ukraine, to agree on a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the plant. This is an absolute and urgent imperative.”

All plant protection systems continue to receive power and are operating normally, IAEA experts were informed by senior Ukrainian operating staff at the site. Although six reactors are in cold storage, they still require electricity for critical nuclear safety and security functions. Each diesel generator of the plant has enough fuel for at least ten days. Engineers of ZNPP have started the repair work of damaged 750 KV power line.

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