Ukraine: Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is shut down


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Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is shut down

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is now completely shut down.  Photo: Planet Labs Pbc/Planet Labs PBC/AP/dpa

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is now completely shut down. photo

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The last running reactor unit in the embattled Zaporizhia nuclear power plant has been shut down. In the end, only electricity was produced to supply the nuclear power plant itself with electricity.

That nuclear power plant According to Ukrainian information, Zaporizhia has been completely disconnected from the power grid and is being shut down. "It was decided to put reactor block number six in the safest state - the cold state," said the Ukrainian nuclear agency Enerhoatom on its Telegram channel on Sunday. The nuclear power plant has been under fire for weeks. Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the escalation of the situation around the nuclear facility.

According to Enerhoatom, the nuclear power plant has been operating in "island mode" for the past three days, which means it is only producing electricity for self-sufficiency, because all connection lines to the Ukrainian power grid were interrupted by the shelling. On Saturday evening, a line to the power grid was restored. As a result, it was decided to supply the nuclear power plant via this line and to shut down the last functioning reactor block and cool it down to a safe cold state.

Already in August there was an emergency shutdown of the power plant. This was preceded by a shelling of the plant, for which both warring parties blame each other. The information cannot be verified independently.

dpa



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