September 25, 2022

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Last Main Line Interrupted: The Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant was disconnected from the grid

The last main line was interrupted
Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was disconnected from the grid

Four main power lines normally connect Europe’s largest nuclear power plant to the Ukrainian power grid. Three of them have been cut for a long time. Now interrupted for the last time. Hostilities continue near nuclear reactors despite an IAEA team on the ground.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, occupied by Russian forces, has been shut down again. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the connection between the power plant’s last remaining main line and the utility grid had been severed. The IAEA was informed “on site today” that the plant will continue to be supplied with electricity via a reserve line.

“One reactor is still operating and producing electricity for the facility’s cooling and other essential safety functions and for homes, factories and others,” the IAEA statement said.

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by Russia since March, and its surroundings have come under repeated shelling in recent weeks. Ukraine and Russia have blamed each other for the attack. On August 25, the nuclear power plant was temporarily completely disconnected from the power grid – the first time in the history of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

Fear of nuclear disaster

According to the IAEA report, the nuclear power plant originally had a total of four main power lines. Three of them had been severed “during the previous conflict”. The fights surrounding the nuclear power plant are fueling fears of a nuclear disaster like Chernobyl in 1986. Experts from the IAEA visited the power plant on Thursday.

A 14-member team is to check the security of the facility. IAEA chief Raffaele Grossi and some members of the team left on Thursday, but six international inspectors remained at the facility, according to Russian reports. Two IAEA experts must be permanently stationed at the nuclear power plant.

Fighting continued after the arrival of IAEA experts. Ukraine says it fired on a Russian site near a nuclear power plant on Friday. In the city of Enerhodar and in the southern city of Cherson, the Ukrainian armed forces said “precision strikes” destroyed three Russian artillery systems and an ammunition depot.

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