Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant reconnected to Ukrainian power grid once more, says Energoatom
Ukrainian specialists restored the operation of the high-voltage communication line at the Zaporizhzhia NPP (Photo:REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko)
Ukrainian specialists have repaired a high-voltage power line connecting the occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) to the Ukrainian grid, Ukraine’s nuclear operator, Energoatom, reported on Oct.9 . The line was damaged by Russian shelling on Oct. 8.
The shelling completely cut off access to power for the cooling systems of all six nuclear reactors at the facility, forcing the plant to switch to backup diesel generators. The International Atomic Energy Agency on Oct. 8 noted that there was enough recorded diesel fuel on-site to last ten days.
Following the repair of the power line, the ZNPP’s cooling systems can once again draw power from the Ukrainian grid. Background radiation at the ZNPP and surrounding areas do not exceed normal limits.
Energoatom noted that while catastrophe was averted thanks to the dedicated of its staff, Russian occupying forces continue to both stage provocations at the plant and attack it directly, threatening a nuclear calamity. The ZNPP with its six reactors, all of which have been put in the minimal power-drain cold shutdown state, is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
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