Shutdown of operation of Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, according to Ukraine

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UKRAINE said today that operations at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant have been completely halted.

The last of six reactors at the Zaporizhzhia power plant was disconnected from the power grid early at 03:41 (0041 GMT), Anadolu Agency said citing a statement from Energoatom, Ukraine’s atomic energy operator.

“Preparations are underway for its cooling and transfer to a cold state,” the agency said.

Under Russian control since March, the plant in southeastern Ukraine was disconnected from the country’s power grid on Monday, as Moscow and Kyiv accuse each other of attacks on the nuclear facility.

Energoatom said a power line was restored yesterday to allow officials “to shut down power unit No. 6 and transfer it to the safest state – cold shutdown”.

The agency warned that the risk of further damage and another power outage “remains high”.

In such a scenario, the plant will have to be “powered by diesel generators, the duration of which is limited by the technological resource and the amount of diesel fuel available,” the statement added.

Zaporizhzhia, one of the 10 largest nuclear power plants in the world, produced 20% of Ukraine’s electricity before the war.

A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency led by its chief Rafael Grossi inspected the facility last week.

Informing the United Nations Security Council of his report, Grossi said the damage caused by the attacks on the facility was “simply unacceptable”, warning that it was like “playing with fire” and could lead to ” something very catastrophic”.

The Energoatom statement also called on Russian forces to withdraw from the region and “create a demilitarized zone around it”. – Bernama, September 11, 2022.

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