Oct 9, 2022 - World

Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant regains power supply

a general view of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

A general view of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia Oblast. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

The external power supply at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station was restored on Sunday, a day after it was cut due to shelling.

Why it matters: Zaporizhzhia is Europe's largest nuclear power station, where shelling over the past few months has sparked international concerns of a potential nuclear disaster.

  • The plant has been in a cold shutdown for nearly a month, but on Saturday the loss of its external power source forced it to rely on its emergency diesel generators for necessary cooling operations.
  • Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in a statement Saturday that the generators had enough fuel to last 10 days but that the "lack of off-site electricity is a deeply worrying development."

What they're saying: "After almost a two-day operation of the emergency core cooling pumps powered by diesel generators, the operational staff is restoring the normal scheme of powering the plant's in-house needs from the energy system of Ukraine," Energoatom, Ukraine's nuclear power operator, said in a Telegram post Sunday.

  • "Our team at #Zaporizhzhya confirms the offsite power line lost yday was restored & #ZNPP is reconnected to the grid—a temporary relief in a still untenable situation. A protection zone is needed now," Grossi tweeted Sunday.
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