Rosatom will create a backup power supply source for Zaporizhzhya NPP

State Corporation “Rosatom” decided to proceed with the resumption of the open switchgear of the Zaporizhzhya TPP. This will make it possible to create a backup power supply source for the Zaporizhzhya NPP (ZNPP), the corporation reported.

“Taking into account the great importance of the reserve of energy supply for the nuclear safety of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, especially in winter, we decided, despite the direct threat to the lives of the personnel employed in these works, to proceed with the restoration of the open switchgear of the Zaporizhzhya TPP,” the statement says. Telegram channel Rosatom.

The company noted that the external power supply of the station is a key aspect of its safety. Now electricity is supplied to the ZNPP through two high-voltage lines from the Ukrainian side, which, the company noted, “regularly and, as a rule, are switched off simultaneously.” In the event of their shutdown, the power supply of the Zaporizhzhya NPP is transferred to emergency diesel generators.

The day before, on November 24, the IAEA announced the restoration of external power supply at the Zaporozhye NPP. It was turned off on November 23rd. At the same time, the Ukrainian energy company Energoatom announced the connection of the Zaporozhye NPP to the energy system of Ukraine.

Russia has controlled the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant since March, after the start of a special operation in Ukraine. On October 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the transfer of the Zaporizhzhya NPP to Russian jurisdiction. The plant is operated by JSC Operating Organization of Zaporozhye NPP, the founder of which is Rosenergoatom (a subsidiary of Rosatom). The IAEA reported on progress in negotiations with the Ukrainian and Russian sides on the creation of a protective zone around the ZNPP. Russia is discussing with the agency the issue of international monitoring of the plant’s protective zone.

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Lusine Balasyan

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