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ZNPP on the verge of blackout due to Russian attack: Energoatom names the consequences

Zaporizhzhia NPP. Source: Slovo i Dilo

The temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP is once again on the verge of blackout. During Russia's massive missile attack on Ukraine on the morning of March 22, the external overhead line of the Dniprovska 750kV overhead line connecting the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP to the unified energy system of Ukraine was disconnected.

Currently, Europe's largest nuclear power plant is connected to the Ukrainian power grid by only one power line. Thus, Russia continues to bring the world to the brink of nuclear disaster. This was stated by Energoatom.

"Today, on March 22, 2024, during a large-scale missile attack on Ukraine at 5:10 a.m, the external overhead line of Dniprovska OHL-750kV, connecting the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP to the integrated power system of Ukraine, was disconnected. Currently, Europe's largest nuclear power plant is connected to the Ukrainian power grid only by the Zaporizhzhia TPP-Ferosplavna OHL-330kV," Energoatom said.

They added that the latter line, which still supplies ZNPP, has only recently been repaired by Ukrainian power engineers. It was out of service for a long time due to damage caused by another Russian shelling.

According to Ivan Fedorov, head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, the repairs were completed just a week ago.

"This situation is extremely dangerous and may lead to an emergency. If the last line of communication with the national power grid is cut off, ZNPP will be in another blackout, which is a serious violation of the conditions for safe operation of the plant," Energoatom CEO Petro Kotin said.

ZNPP on the verge of blackout due to Russian attack: Energoatom names the consequences

He reiterated that the Zaporizhzhia NPP should immediately come under the full control of Ukraine and its legitimate operator Energoatom. Russia should withdraw its military and military equipment from the plant.

In general, Energoatom reminded, since the beginning of the Russian occupation, Zaporizhzhia NPP has already experienced eight full blackouts and one partial blackout with the launch of emergency diesel generators and safety systems.

"In the event of their failure, this threatens the development of a nuclear and radiation accident," the company warned.

As a reminder, on the morning of March 22, Russia launched a massive attack on Ukraine: critical infrastructure facilities were hit in a number of cities. Power outages occurred in a number of regions.

In particular, the Dnipro hydroelectric power plant was hit: after the attack, traffic across the dam was completely stopped. A missile hit a trolleybus moving across the dam.

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