The world’s atomic energy watchdog said on Saturday that Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant has been disconnected from its last remaining main power line to the grid and now relies on a reserve line.
“Ukrainian Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) has once again lost connection to its last remaining main external power line, but the facility continues to supply power to the grid via a reserve line, informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the site today,” the agency said in a statement.
“Less than 48 hours after Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi on Thursday established the presence of the IAEA Support and Assistance Mission in ZaporizhzhIa (ISAMZ) at the facility in southern Ukraine, experts from Agency were informed by senior Ukrainian officials that the ZNPP’s fourth operational 750 kilovolt (kV) power line was down, the other three were lost earlier in the conflict,” he added.
Concern has grown in recent weeks over bombings that hit the area of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia.
Ukraine said on Friday it bombed a Russian base in the nearby town of Energodar, destroying three artillery systems as well as an ammunition depot.
Russia’s envoy to Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said six IAEA inspectors would remain there for several days and two others would stay there “permanently”.
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