"Another reminder of the precarious situation": IAEA reacted to the blackout at Zaporizhzhia NPP
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has responded to the blackout at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, located in the temporarily occupied city of Enerhodar. They emphasized that this situation is another reminder of the fragile nuclear safety and security situation at the plant, which can be affected by events far from the plant itself.
The corresponding statement was made by IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi. This is stated in the Agency's press release.
"The latest outage of external power supply at ZNPP is another reminder of the fragile nuclear safety and security situation at the plant, which can be affected by events far from the site itself," Grossi said.
He noted that the IAEA "will continue to do everything possible to prevent a nuclear accident".
The head of the Agency also called on all parties "not to take any action that could jeopardize the power plant."
As you know, on Friday, ZNPP lost connection with both external power lines. This is the eighth time that Europe's largest nuclear power plant has been completely de-energized during a military conflict, raising concerns about nuclear safety and security.
Due to the complete disconnection from the power grid, ZNPP switched to powering its own needs from diesel generators. All 20 diesel generators were switched on automatically, and later eight remained in operation.
Ukrainian experts worked to restore ZNPP's connection to the Ukrainian power grid until the morning of December 2. As of 7 a.m., the 750 kV power line was restored.
As a reminder, on November 24, EU member states, joined by a number of non-member states, issued a joint statement that the European Union will never recognize Russia's illegal attempts to seize ZNPP.
They also called on Russia to immediately withdraw all its troops from the strategic facility.