Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant forced back onto backup diesel generators after shelling

17 October 2022, 06:11 PM
Zaporizhzhia NPP is de-energized again (Photo:Zaporizhzhia NPP)

Zaporizhzhia NPP is de-energized again (Photo:Zaporizhzhia NPP)

Russian shelling has once again severed the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant’s (ZNPP) last remaining connection to the Ukrainian grid, forcing the plant onto backup diesel generators once more, Ukraine’s nuclear operator Energoatom reported on Telegram on Oct. 17, noting that the Russian troops have changed their tactics.

This time, the Russian troops shelled remote substations connected to the ZNPP, rather than the plant itself, the operator noted.

As a result, the 750 kV ZNPP-Dniprovska power line has again been dam-aged.

"On Oct. 17, Russian terrorists once again fired at critical infrastructure substations on the territory controlled by Ukraine, which resulted in the disconnection of the last 750 kV ZNPP-Dniprovska communication line at 03:59 a.m.," Energoatom said.

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“In the transition process, due to a short-term voltage drop, the reserve transformer of ZNPP's own needs was disconnected and diesel generators were launched.”

Energoatom emphasized that the Russian military has changed its tactics and is now trying to blackmail Ukraine and the whole world with attacks on remote substations through which Zaporizhzhya NPP is powered.

On top of that, the company announced the disconnection of the 750 kV line Pivdennoukrayinsk NPP-Dniprovska, though it noted that the PNPP was unaffected.

Earlier reports have said that the ZNPP is partially occupied by troops under the personal command of Chechen warlord Ramzam Kadyrov.

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