Zaporozhye NPP is completely shut down – Energoatom

Olga Robeyko 08:32, 11.09.22 UNIAN

Energoatom notes that the invaders need to stop shelling ZNPP communication lines with the energy system.

The occupiers are constantly shelling the ZNPP / photo
The occupiers are constantly shelling the ZNPP / photo

On September 11, 2022, at 03:41, power unit No. 6 of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was disconnected from the power grid. Preparations are underway to cool it down and transfer it to a cold state.

This was reported by the press service of Energoatom in Telegram.

“For the last three days, the 6th power unit has been operating in the island mode, feeding only the ZNPP’s own needs at a critically low power level (from 114 to 140 MW), since all communication lines of the Zaporizhzhya NPP with the energy system of Ukraine were damaged due to Russian shelling,” – the message says.

It is noted that on the evening of September 10, after the restoration of the operability of one of these communication lines, the power supply for the ZNPP’s own needs became possible from the energy system of Ukraine. Therefore, it was decided to turn off power unit No. 6 and transfer it to the safest state – cold.

Energoatom added that in the event of repeated damage to the communication lines with the power system, ZNPP’s own needs will be powered from diesel generators. Therefore, ZNPP needs additional batches of diesel fuel.

“In order to prevent an emergency situation at the plant, it is necessary to stop the Russian attacks on the ZNPP communication lines with the energy system and create a demilitarized zone around it. After that, the communication lines can be repaired, switching on and further safe operation of the ZNPP is ensured,” Energoatom stressed.

Recall that the Russian invaders seized the ZNPP and the satellite town of Energodar on March 4. Since then, Russia has rejected the proposal to create a demilitarized zone around the ZNPP. Since the beginning of August, the occupiers have been periodically shelling the nuclear power plant and the area around it.

At the invitation of the government of Ukraine, the IAEA  formed a mission  to visit the temporarily occupied Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. It included 14 international experts. The mission focused on three objectives : physical protection; nuclear safety; guarantees of non-proliferation of nuclear materials.

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