Power cut in Chernobyl in Ukraine, no “critical” impact on security


Power has been cut at the Chernobyl power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, Ukraine said on Wednesday, but the UN’s atomic watchdog said there was ” no critical safety impact”.

The plant “has been completely disconnected from the power grid”, Ukrainian energy operator Ukrenergo said in a statement on its Facebook page, adding that the military operations meant “there was no possibility of restoring the lines”. .

He said there was also no power to the site’s security systems.

On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine and seized the former factory, the site of a 1986 disaster that killed hundreds and spread radioactive contamination across Europe.

The United Nations’ atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said in a tweet that if the development “breaches (a) key security pillar”, then it does not saw “no critical safety impact”.

On Tuesday, the IAEA said the site was no longer transmitting data and expressed concern about staff working under Russian guard.

The personnel situation was “deteriorating”, the IAEA said, citing Ukraine’s nuclear regulator.

The old factory is inside an exclusion zone that houses decommissioned reactors as well as radioactive waste facilities.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted on Wednesday that “standby diesel generators have a capacity of 48 hours to power” the plant, but added that “after that, the plant’s cooling systems will storage of spent nuclear fuel will stop”.

More than 2,000 employees still work at the plant as it requires constant management to prevent another nuclear disaster.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi on Tuesday called on “the forces effectively controlling the site to urgently facilitate the safe rotation of personnel on site.”

He also reiterated his offer to travel to Chernobyl or elsewhere to ensure “commitment to the safety and security” of Ukrainian power plants from all parties.


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