The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Friday a “total power outage” in the Ukrainian city of Energodar, where the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is located, a situation that “jeopardizes the safety of operations”.
“It is completely unacceptable. This cannot continue,” Director General Rafael Grossi said in a statement, calling for an “immediate halt to the bombardments in the area.”
For weeks, confusion has reigned around the largest Central Europe, occupied by the Russians, which has been hit by multiple strikes for which Kyiv and Moscow accuse each other.
“The electrical infrastructure supplying the city was destroyed by strikes at the thermal power station, causing a total cut in water and electricity,” explained Mr. Grossi, informed by the two experts from the UN body. present on site.
“Given the intensification of the bombardments which are incessant, it is unlikely that it will be possible to restore a reliable off-site power supply for the plant”, added the head of the 'IAEA, who visited the site in early September.
Under these conditions, the Ukrainian operator Energoatom “plans to close the only reactor in operation”, which currently produces the electricity necessary for cooling the nuclear fuel and the safety of the site.
The if necessary, all plant systems will have to rely on diesel-powered emergency generators, warns the Vienna-based agency. “dramatics faced by the inhabitants of Energodar”, the personnel necessary to maintain the security of the site may no longer be available.
A few days after an alarmist report, Rafael Grossi reiterates his concern: “c 'is an unsustainable and increasingly fragile situation.
In the press release, he again calls for the establishment of a security zone around the plant.
Russian troops took control of the power plant with six nuclear reactors in early March. a power of 1,000 megawatts each and which produced 20% of Ukrainian electricity before the Russian invasion.
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