ZNPP is now fully disconnected from Ukraine’s power grid

5 September, 08:02 PM
Fire from Russian shelling causes complete disconnect of ZNPP from the grid (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Fire from Russian shelling causes complete disconnect of ZNPP from the grid (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

After Russian shelling caused a fire at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), the facility’s last remaining operational reactor has been disconnected from Ukraine’s power grid, Ukrainian nuclear operator Energoatom said in a Telegram post on Sep. 5.

“The only remaining powerline, connecting ZNPP to Ukraine’s power grid was taken offline today, on Sep. 5, due to a fire, caused by shelling,” the message said.

ZNNP’s 6th reactor is now disconnected from the power grid, and currently covers the power plant’s internal energy needs, Energoatom added.

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According to Ukraine’s Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko, nearby fighting makes it impossible to repair damaged power lines.

“The world is on the brink of a nuclear catastrophe,” Halushchenko said ina Facebook post.

“Demilitarizing ZNPP and the surrounding area remains the only way to ensure nuclear safety.”

Energoatom noted that Russian troops intensified fighting in areas around the facility in the last three days.

A delegation of 14 IAEA experts arrived at Russia-occupied ZNPP on Sep. 1. After spending several hours at the facility, part of the delegation departed. Five agency experts remain at the power plant, setting up monitoring equipment. IAEA head Rafael Grossi later said the agency will establish a permanent presence at ZNPP.

Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom said that Russian troops are doing everything they can to prevent IAEA from properly assessing how ZNPP fares under Russian military occupation. In particular, the delegation was barred from the plant’s crisis management center, packed with Russian soldiers. 

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.

The Kremlin uses the facility as cover for its forces, as Ukraine can’t return fire, for the risk of causing a nuclear calamity.

Фото: NV

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