For the first time in four months, the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was connected to the only available backup power line.
“Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) was reconnected to the single available backup transmission line four months after its loss, but the power supply situation at the site remains extremely fragile during the war and is not sustainable,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.
According to him, the connection of the ZNPP to the 330 kV line is an important step, since in recent months the ZNPP was assigned to a single 750 kV main line for external electricity. It is essential for reactor cooling and other important nuclear safety functions. By the beginning of the war, in February 2022, it had four 750 kV lines.
“While the reconnection of the backup power line is positive, the station’s off-site power situation remains very vulnerable, highlighting the precarious nuclear and site security situation,” Grossi said.
Recall that on March 1, 2023, a 330 kV backup power line was damaged on the right bank of the Dnieper. And on March 9, as a result of Russian rocket attacks, the last communication line was disconnected.
The threat of a terrorist attack in the ZNPP
Recently, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Russians are preparing for a terrorist attack at the ZNPP , followed by a release of radiation. And the head of the GUR MO, Kirill Budanov, reported that the occupiers had mined the cooler at the station.
After that, the intelligence service repeatedly reminded about the plans of the Russians, and recently it was reported that they were reducing their presence at the station.
Source : rbc.ua