They order an urgent inspection of the Zaporizhzhia plant due to the low level of the reservoir that cools it

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The order was given by the state body to the Ukrainian National Nuclear Generation Company, to analyze “the security of the operating system of the power units of nuclear power plant”

An urgent inspection of the Zaporizhzhia plant has been ordered due to the low level of the reservoir that cools it

An urgent inspection of the plant has been ordered from Zaporizhzhia due to the low level of the reservoir that cools it. (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The State Inspectorate for Nuclear Regulation (IERN) of Ukraine has ordered an urgent inspection of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant , the largest in Europe, due to the low level of water in the reservoir that cools it, the local agency Interfax reported Monday.

The inspection was ordered by the state body to the Ukrainian National Nuclear Generation Company ( Energoatom), to “urgently analyze the safety of the operating system of the power units of the nuclear power plant”.

According to the local agency, it has been detected a “absence of external replenishment of the cooling pond (of the plant) due to a fall in the level of the Kajovka reservoir below the usual marks”, where the water it receives comes from, said an IERN source .

The inspection is essential to “make decisions about the operation of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant”, located in the region of the same name, in southern Ukraine, and whose facilities are currently operated by Russia after having been occupied by its troops.

An urgent inspection of the Zaporizhzhia plant is ordered due to the low level of the reservoir that cools it

“Repeated power outages demonstrate all too clearly the extremely serious nuclear safety and security situation facing this important nuclear power plant,” the IAEA official said. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

Energoatom must make an analysis and provide information on the situation before November 9.

The IERN order comes amid accusations by the Ukrainians and Russians about a possible attack on the Kajovka dam, in the neighboring Kherson region, as a strategy to stop the enemy.

In fact, the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelensky, has accused the Russian troops of havingmined the dam to destroy itin an area where great advances are being made by the Ukrainian troops .

The pro-Russians who currently govern the annexed regions of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson accuse the Ukrainians of also attacking the gigantic dam.

They order an urgent inspection of the Zaporizhzhia plant due to the low level of the reservoir that cools it

Energoatom must carry out an analysis and deliver information on the situation before November 9. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

The Zaporizhzhia plant, the third largest in the world, has become one of the main security problems in the war in Ukraine, as it has received several attacks that both sides accuse each other of.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear agency, confirmed that the nuclear plant was once again connected to the electricity grid after the blackout that occurred this week .

The Ukrainian nuclear company Energoatom denounced on Thursday that the activity of the plant, under control of the Russian forces, was suspendeddue to a power outage following an artillery attack by Russian troops, who denounced the dismantling of a “terrorist attack” on the plant, at a new crossing of mutual accusations.

External power was restored on Saturday night, two days after it lost all access to electricity “in the latest incident that highlights the precarious nuclear security situation at Europe's largest facility,” lamented the director general of the IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi.

An urgent inspection of the Zaporizhzhia plant is ordered due to the low-level of the reservoir that cools it

The Zaporizhzhia plant, the third largest in the world, has become one of the main security problems in the war in Ukraine. (REUTERS/Stringer)

Power was restored around 10 pm Saturday local time with the repair of the 750-kilowatt line to all six power units. The eight emergency diesel generators that were in operation were shut down and put into standby mode.

“Repeated power outages demonstrate all too clearly the extremely serious situation of nuclear safety and protection which this important nuclear power plant is facing”, the IAEA official has denounced.

“I have repeatedly requested the urgent establishment of a nuclear safety and protection buffer zone around the nuclear power plant to prevent a nuclear accident. We cannot afford to waste any more time. We must act before it is too late”, he concluded.

(With information from EFE)

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