Two more reactors working at full capacity at Rivne NPP, cutting electricity generation deficit in country

12 February, 11:19 AM
Rivne NPP (Photo:Дьяков Владимир Леонидович/Wikipedia)

Rivne NPP (Photo:Дьяков Владимир Леонидович/Wikipedia)

Successful repair work at the Rivne Nuclear Power Plant has brought one reactor online and increased the output of another, adding 1,220 MW of power to the power system, the press service of the Ministry of Energy reported on Telegram on Feb. 11.

The plant’s fourth reactor was connected to the electricity grid on Feb. 11 after workers completed routine repair work and loaded in fresh nuclear fuel. The 1,000 MW reactor was connected to the power grid and as of 6.00 p.m. it began to increase power output.

Additionally, repairs to the turbine generator of the plant’s second reactor were completed, so it returned to its maximum output capacity, adding another 220 MW of electricity to the power system.

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“So now all nine power units of nuclear power plants located in the territory controlled by the state are operating in the energy system of Ukraine. Another six power units of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya NPP remain shut down,” the message reads.

According to Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko, the addition of the two reactors to Ukraine’s generation capacity will significantly reduce the power deficit in the national grid, allowing the duration of power outages to be reduced.

Russia has been waging a campaign to destroy Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure, including energy, heating and water supply systems, since the beginning of October 2022. Over the past few months, more than a dozen mass missile strikes by Russia have caused significant destruction to Ukraine’s energy system.

On Feb. 10, Russia launched its latest massive missile attack on Ukraine, firing 106 missiles of various types, according to the General Staff. Before that night, the invaders also attacked Ukraine with kamikaze drones.

A repeated mass drone attack occurred on the night of Feb. 11. An air alert was announced in most regions of Ukraine and lasted for three-and-a-half hours. Air defense operations were heard in many places.

During the Russian attack on the night of Feb. 11, enemy Shahed drones hit three energy facilities in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, causing significant destruction.

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