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Less than half of the Ukrainian staff remains at ZNNPP

Feb 28, 2023

Less than half of the Ukrainian staff remained at the temporarily occupied Zaporizhzhia NPP. This was stated by Energoatom President Petro Kotin on February 27.

"Since September, ZNPP has been out of operation, not generating electricity, but consuming 100 megawatts in a constant mode through one working line. Units 5 and 6 are now in the so-called hot state, which is when the reactor is not working. The rest are in cold shutdown, two of which are under repair. The plant is operated by Ukrainian personnel, but Rosenergoatom intervened, but their specialists have neither a license to operate the power units nor experience," the official said.

According to him, there are 4,500 Ukrainian employees left at the plant (with a pre-war staff of 11,000). And the remaining specialists are being pressured to sign contracts with Rosenergoatom.

"Out of 4,500 employees, about 2,500 people have signed the contract," Kotin said.

Energoatom also said that the occupiers have set up a repair base at ZNPP to repair their military equipment.

"This facility is not designed for military equipment, but there is a lot of it there. They have occupied the turbine halls of both the first and second power units. There are a lot of soldiers and weapons there," Kotin added.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 28/02/2023

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