Europe’s largest Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant’s last reactor shuts down, fears of blackout

Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has been reconnected to Ukraine’s power grid and engineers also shut down its last reactor as part of a nuclear radiation disaster avoidance as fighting intensifies in the area. The six-reactor Zaporizhzhya plant was taken off the grid last week after all its power lines were cut as a result of fighting in the area. The plant had been operating on ‘island mode’ for several days and was generating power for critical cooling equipment from its only operational reactor. ‘Island mode’ refers to a plant that is not connected to other power plants.

Nuclear operator company Energoatom said one of these power lines was restored late Saturday, making it possible for the plant to operate safely. “Therefore, it has been decided to shut down power unit number 6,” the company said. It said there was still a risk that the power could be re-cut outside and the plant would have to run emergency diesel generators to keep the reactors cool and the nuclear reactors from overheating.

One of the top ten nuclear power stations in the world

The head of the company had told on Thursday that the plant has only diesel left for 10 days. The Energoatom company said a power line was restored late Saturday, prompting plant operators to shut down the last reactor as well. One of the 10 largest nuclear power stations in the world, the plant has been occupied by the Russian military since the beginning of the war. Ukraine and Russia have been blaming each other for the bombings around the plant. The bombing destroyed the power lines connecting the plant to the grid.

Energoatom issued a statement

Energoatum, in a statement on Sunday, urged the Russian military to leave the Zaporizhzhya plant and allow it to create a “demilitarized zone” around it. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN’s nuclear watchdog, confirmed on Sunday that external power has been restored at the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. Two experts from the agency are present at the plant. “Following the restoration of power lines yesterday, the operator of the Joporizzia plant this morning shut down its last reactor, which provides essential power to the plant, following a loss of grid connectivity since last week,” the agency said in an emailed statement. Had been.’

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