The last reactor of the Zaporozhye NPP of Ukraine was shut down: NPR

The last reactor of the Zaporozhye NPP of Ukraine was shut down: NPR

This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows the Russian-occupied Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine August 28.

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This satellite image from Planet Labs PBC shows the Russian-occupied Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine August 28.

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Kyiv, Ukraine — A nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine controlled by Russia and causing great international concern has announced that it has shut down its last operating reactor.

In a message on Sunday morning, nuclear power plant operator Energoatom said power lines at the Zaporizhzhya NPP had been restored, but they were de-energizing reactor No. 6, preparing it for cooling and transfer to a safer state.

Due to the shelling in and around the area, the entire station was disconnected from the power grid for several days, and one operating reactor was operating in “island mode”, feeding, in fact, the rest of the station’s critical cooling systems.

The owners discussed the closure of the plant due to problems with electricity and the condition of Ukrainian workers.

NPR understands that it considers the power outage decision to be the “best available, but temporary” option. There are fears that power lines with access to the grid could be damaged again.

In this case, the plant would have to run emergency diesel generators to cool the reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. The head of the company said on Thursday that diesel fuel at the plant will last only 10 days.

A Russian soldier guards the territory of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in May.

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A Russian soldier guards the territory of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in May.

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The station, one of the 10 largest nuclear power plants in the world, has been occupied by Russian troops since the beginning of the war. Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of shelling the plant, which damaged power lines connecting it to the grid.

In a statement made early on Sunday morning, Energoatom called on Russian troops to leave the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and create a “demilitarized zone” around it.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations atomic energy watchdog, which has two experts at the plant, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday. Its director called safe zone around the plant to prevent disaster.

Materials from the Associated Press have been included in this report.

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