at last operating reactor Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant The country’s nuclear agency Energoatom said on Monday it had been disconnected from Ukraine’s grid, a result of a fire caused by Russian shelling.
“As a result, power unit No. 6 was unloaded and disconnected from the grid, which currently supplies ZNPP’s own needs,” the agency said in its statement.
Energoatom is working on restoring the connection, a spokesperson told CNN on Monday.
“There is a chance to restore power transmission to the Ukrainian grid,” the spokesman said, adding that he could not elaborate on the timing as the situation remained tense.
The spokesman said the situation was not considered an emergency.
“Power Unit No. 6 is still operating and cooling all the rest of the nuclear reactors. So basically it just keeps the power of the plant,” explained the spokesperson. “When the generators are turned on, usually But automatically, this situation will be treated as an emergency. At the moment it is not so.”
The Russian-controlled military-civilian administration of the city of Enerhodar, where the power plant is located, would not say whether the power plant was disconnected from the Ukrainian grid, but said the situation at the plant was normal.
An Energoatom spokesperson also said that disconnecting the plant from the Ukrainian grid would not make it easy to connect the plant to the Russian grid due to damage to transmission lines.