Ukrainian nuclear power plant loses external power amid ongoing bombardment – ​​POLITICO

Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has lost its last external power sources to renewed bombardment and now relies on emergency generators for “essential nuclear safety and security functions”, the body said on Saturday. United Nations nuclear watchdog.

The 750-kilovolt (kV) power line supplying power to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant was cut around 1 a.m. local time due to continued attacks, chief executive Rafael Mariano Grossi said on Saturday. the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

“Renewed bombing, hitting the plant’s only external power source, is extremely irresponsible. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant must be protected,” Grossi said.

The site now relies on emergency diesel generators to provide cooling and safety for the Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactors. The IAEA says each of the plant’s six diesel generators in operation has enough fuel for at least 10 days.

Waiting, Zaporizhzhia engineers have started repair work on the damaged 750 kV power line.

Grossi added that he would travel to Russia “soon” in a bid to agree on a nuclear protection and safety zone around the plant, something the IAEA has been asking for since early September when the site was cut off. external electricity supply.

“It’s an absolute and urgent imperative,” Grossi said.


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