PoThe Zaporizhzhia NPP, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, has been fully stopped, Ukraine’s state nuclear agency Energoatom reported.
Its last working power Unit 6 was disconnected from the power grid at 3:41 AM on 11 September. Preparations are underway for its cooling and transfer to a cold state.
Enerhoatom informed that the three days, Unit 6 had worked in an island mode, feeding only ZNPP’s own needs, since all communication lines of Zaporizhzhia NPP with the power system of Ukraine were damaged due to Russian shelling.
Last night, one of the power lines was repaired, enabling the ZNPP to be supplied with power from Ukraine, and a decision was made to shut down Unit 6 and transfer it to the safest state — cold shutdown.
In case of repeated damage of power lines connecting the plant with Ukraine’s grid, the ZNPP’s needs will be supplied by diesel generators, whose service is limited by volumes of available diesel fuel. Energoatom informed it is taking all possible measures to organize the supply of additional diesel fuel to the plant.
In order for the power plant to resume work, a demilitarized zone must be created around the plant so Russia stops shelling the power lines connecting the ZNPP with the Ukrainian grid, Energoatom said.