Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Reestablished To Ukrainian Power Grid
UKRAINE - After the six-reactor Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor, the largest nuclear reactor in Europe, and one of the top 10 largest in the world had been disconnected from power for around a weeks time, it has now had its connection to Ukraine's power grid reestablished.
The Nuclear Power Plant has been completely stopped, and "Preparations are underway for its cooling and transfer to a cold state," The state agency who administers the plant said on Sunday.
Until now, it had been operating in "island mode" for a few days. Island mode is where the nuclear reactor is able to produce power from its remaining cores in order to sustain power to its cooling systems to keep the reactor cooled, despite being disconnected from an external power source.
This has allowed Ukraine to shut down the last reactor that had been in operation, in order to try to prevent a nuclear disaster from happening.
Nuclear operator Energoatom put out a statement saying that one of the power lines has been restored "to its operational capacity" on Saturday, allowing it to run its safety systems and other essential systems on the Ukrainian power grid.
Energoatom's statement said, "Therefore, a decision was made to shut down power unit No. 6 and transfer it to the safest state – cold shutdown," but said that there is still a high risk that the outside power source may be interrupted again due to the ongoing fighting.
If it becomes disconnected from the outside power source again, the plant would need to fuel up and run emergency diesel generators in order to keep the reactors cool so that they do not overheat and cause a meltdown.
Energoatom told The Associated Press, however, that they only have enough fuel left in the plant to fuel the generators for around 10 days.
Energoatom has urged Russia to allow a "demilitarized zone" to be created around the nuclear power plant and to avoid fighting around the DMZ that would be created.
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