Ukraine: Zaporizhia power plant is again supplied by a main power line, according to the IAEA
on 09/17/2022 at 18:58
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The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant near Enerhodar, Ukraine. /Photo taken September 1, 2022/REUTERS/Alexander Ermoshenko
VIENNA (Reuters) – One of the four main power lines at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been repaired and is once again supplying the site from Ukraine’s grid, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Saturday.
The six reactors at Zaporizhia, Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, have been shut down, but the fuel they contain needs to be cooled to avoid a potentially catastrophic meltdown. That means the site needs electricity to get water to the heart of the reactors.
Zaporizhia’s power supply was a major problem after the last main power line failed and three backup lines connected to a nearby coal-fired power plant were disconnected.
Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, occupied by the Russians, has been hit by a series of strikes that Kyiv and Moscow blame each other for.
(Report by Francois Murphy; French version by Elizabeth Pineau)
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