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A full restart of ZNPP after de-occupation will take years

Jun 17, 2024

It will take years to restart all six power units of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant after it returns to Ukrainian control.


This was stated by the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, Herman Galushchenko, RBC-Ukraine reports, citing an online meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Energy, Housing, and Utilities.

According to him, the situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP has been deteriorating over the three years of Russian occupation.

"First of all, it concerns the degradation of equipment, which will be a big problem. The second issue is that, due to the blowing up of the Kakhovka dam, there is a question of how we will provide water to the plant if we theoretically launch it. The third issue is that the fuel has reached the end of its service life," Galushchenko said.

The minister noted that ZNPP is currently in such a state that it will be difficult to launch even one power unit from a technical point of view.

"It is very difficult to estimate how long it will take to put the plant into operation and operate six units. But, according to today's estimates, it is not months. Unfortunately, it will take years," he added.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 18/06/2024

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