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Zaporizhzhya NPP reactor was de-energized for an hour and a half

Nov 17, 2023

One of the power units at Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant was temporarily de-energized on Wednesday, November 15. Experts began to conduct an inspection.


RBC-Ukraine reported this with reference to the press service of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"ZNPP is investigating the causes of the 90-minute power outage that occurred late Wednesday at the sixth power unit. IAEA experts on site are also collecting information to conduct their own independent assessment," the agency said in a statement.

The IAEA clarifies that the sixth power unit is currently in cold shutdown mode, but still needs electricity. At the same time, none of the other five power units lost power.

"While this was not a complete loss of power at the site, as we have seen seven times during the conflict, it once again underscores the fragile nuclear safety situation at Zaporizhzhia NPP," said IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.

The plant's employees informed the experts that after the blackout, part of the safety system of the sixth power unit was switched to scheduled maintenance.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 18/11/2023

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