Three Ukrainian NPPs disconnected from power grids after Russian attacks

23 November 2022, 07:12 PM
Khmelnytskyi NPP (Photo:RLuts via Wikipedia)

Khmelnytskyi NPP (Photo:RLuts via Wikipedia)

All power units of three Ukrainian nuclear power plants (NPPs) have been disconnected from the power grids following a new missile attack launched by Russia across Ukraine, the state-owned nuclear power operator, Energoatom, said on Telegram on Nov. 23.

"Today, Nov. 23, 2022, the emergency protection systems at the Rivne, Pivdennoukrainsk and Khmelnytskyi NPPs responded to lower frequency levels in Ukraine’s power grids, having automatically shut all reactors down," Energoatom said.

"They’re operating in the design mode, without feeding electricity into the domestic power grids."

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"The radiation background at the NPP sites and adjacent areas has not changed; all indicators are within the norm."

Energoatom says the NPPs will resume power generation as soon as the energy system returns to normal operations.

First reports about halts to the operation of the Pivdennoukrainsk and Khmelnytskyi NPPs appeared after Russia launched another series of missile strikes at Ukraine’s energy infrastructure on Nov. 23.

Oleksandr Supruniuk, the mayor of the town of Netishyn, reported on Facebook that the Khmelnytskyi NPP had shut down its reactors.

“Shutdown of the reactors,” he wrote. “There’s no supply of power, water, maybe heat.”

Meanwhile, Ukrainian Member of Parliament Oleksiy Honcharenko reported that the Pivdennoukrainsk NPP had also been disconnected.

“The Pivdennoukrainsk NPP – emergency shutdown of the reactors,” he wrote on Telegram.

Russia hit an infrastructure facility in the capital city of Kyiv in the afternoon on Nov. 23. As a result, some city districts were cut off power and emergency blackouts were introduced throughout the city.

Moldova is also facing power outages over Russian missile strikes at Ukraine.

Following the shelling of Ukrainian infrastructure on Nov. 15, First Deputy Energy Minister Yuriy Vlasenko said the Russians were aiming to make the Ukrainian NPPs stop operating.

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