Russians looking to disconnect ZNPP from Ukrainian grid soon, says Energoatom

19 August, 09:44 PM
Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (Photo:Ralf1969 via Wikipedia)

Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (Photo:Ralf1969 via Wikipedia)

Russia is preparing to disengage the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant from the Ukrainian grid in the near future, Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom reported on Telegram on Aug. 19.

"There are reports that the Russian occupying forces are planning to stop the power units and disconnect them from the power transmission lines to the Ukrainian grid in the near future," the company said.

The agency notes that Russian forces are currently looking for fuel suppliers for diesel generators, which should be turned on after the shutdown of power units and in the absence of an external power supply for the nuclear fuel cooling systems.

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Energoatom also stressed that on Aug. 19, only operative personnel, who ensure the operation of power units, will be allowed on the ZNPP site.

The Zaporizhzhia NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, and has been occupied by Russian forces since March 4. Several ZNPP facilities have been damaged by Russian shelling, and the station's employees are captives of the occupying troops.

Russian troops recently staged a false flag attack on the plant, shelling it twice on Aug. 5. As a result, several power lines were damaged, and the plant’s 4th power unit was disconnected from the power system and put into reserve. The line that transports hydrogen to the ZNPP was also impacted, causing a fire.

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, has called for an IAEA mission to be allowed into the Zaporizhzhia NPP to stabilize the situation.

On Aug. 16, the head of the Zaporizhzhia regional military administration, Oleksander Starukh, called on the residents of Enerhodar to evacuate due to this shelling. He said that in the event of an accident, about 400,000 people would have to be evacuated from two neighboring oblasts.

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