External power restored to Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant safety systems

19 October 2022, 10:29 AM
The ZNPP is under occupation (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The ZNPP is under occupation (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) restored it connection to an external power line on Oct. 18 after it was lost for the third time in 10 days, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said in a message.

"ZNPP has restored the connection to its last remaining operating 750 kilovolt (kV) power (line)," said the director in a message tweeted by the IAEA late on Oct. 18.

According to Grossi, the plant continuesto receive additional power from off-site back-up power line.

Earlier, it was reported that the plant’s reactor cooling systems were being powered by emergency backup diesel generators after external power for them had again been lost.

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The diesel generators were reported to have only enough fuel for 10 days of operations.

Currently, Russian troops maintain firing positions at the Zaporizhzhya NPP and are shelling Ukrainian cities from there. Ukrainian National Nuclear Energy Company Enerhoatom reports that Russian troops have deployed at least 14 units of heavy military equipment with ammunition, weapons and explosives in the turbine hall of the plant’s Reactor No. 1.

In total, over 40 units of invading Russian forces’ military equipment has been deployed in or around the plant, Energoatom says.

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