Zaporizhia NPP is disconnected from the main electricity transmission line

“Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has once again lost contact with its last remaining main external power transmission line, but … continues to supply electricity to the power system through a backup line,” the agency said in a statement.

“Less than 48 hours after [TATENA] general director Rafael Mariano Grossi (Rafaelis Marianas Grossi) started on Thursday at this facility in the south of Ukraine… IAEA Support and Assistance Mission in Zaporizhia (ISAMZ), high-ranking Ukrainian officials told agency experts that the fourth operational 750 kilovolt electricity transmission line of the Zaporizhia NPP is not working. Three other lines were lost earlier in this conflict,” the statement said.

“One reactor is still operating and generating electricity both for cooling and other necessary safety functions at the facility, as well as for households, factories and others [vartotojams] through the energy system”, stated the IAEA.

The area around the plant, Europe’s largest nuclear facility, has been repeatedly shelled and both countries blame each other. The situation is causing increasing concern in the international arena due to the imminent nuclear catastrophe.

The mission of the IAEA is to help ensure the security of the power plant, which was seized by Russian forces on March 4.

Ukraine announced on Friday that it had bombed a Russian base in the town of Enerhodar near the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, destroying three artillery systems and an ammunition depot.

The Russian-appointed local administration announced earlier Saturday that the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant had been shut down again amid continued shelling that destroyed a critical power transmission line.

The Zaporizhia NPP has been repeatedly disconnected from the Ukrainian energy system since last week. Ukraine’s nuclear energy agency Enerhoatom blamed shelling and fires near the plant.

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