Grossi: consultations in course to ensure the safety of Ukrainian nuclear facilities

Rafael Grossi, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, confirmed that the agency is continuing consultations in order to agree on a framework on the safety of Ukrainian nuclear plants.

He added that Ukraine has informed the agency that it has reconnected one of the three power lines connecting the Zaporizhia power plant to the power grid, which had previously been disconnected.

He further stated that if the picture is in deed, the Agency will be in able to provide effective technical assistance for the safe operation of these facilities.

Advisory help

On March 12, Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s representative in Vienna, said Moscow was communicating closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on safety at the Chernobyl and Zaporizhia nuclear power plants. in Ukraine.

And Ulyanov quoted Rosatom as saying that the management and operation of the two stations is entrusted to Ukrainian employees, while a group of Russian experts provides them with “advisory assistance”.

The bombing of Zaporizhia

Interestingly, on March 4, Russian tanks bombed the Zaporizhia station, causing a fire and causing fears of a catastrophe.

The plant, which opened in 1985, includes six Soviet-designed VVER-1000 reactors, with a capacity of approximately 6,000 megawatts, enough to supply electricity to nearly four million homes.

In normal times, the plant produces one fifth of Ukraine’s electricity and about half of nuclear energy.

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