Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant reconnected to power grid
Lviv, Ukraine, Aug 26 (EFE).- The Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant has been reconnected to the Ukrainian power grid a day after being completely cut off, energy company Energoatom said Friday.
“Today, on August 26, 2022, at 14:04, one of the Zaporizhzhya NPP’s reactors, which was stopped yesterday, has been reconnected to the power grid. It is building up capacity,” the company said.
“Nuclear technicians of the Zaporizhzhya NPP are real heroes! They tirelessly and firmly ensure the nuclear and radiation safety of Ukraine and the whole of Europe and work selflessly so that their native country could have life-sustaining electricity,” it added.
The plant, which has been under Russian occupation since March, was disconnected from the Ukrainian power grid Thursday after a fire broke out at the ash pits of a coal plant near Zaporizhzhya.
The fire, which Ukraine blames on Russia, damaged the last operating transmission line connecting the plant to the grid.
Following the incident, the United States accused Russia of behaving “irresponsibly” and demanded it immediately cease all military operations at the Zaporizhzhya power plant.
The situation at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant has raised serious concerns of a confrontation that could lead to an atomic incident with unpredictable consequences.EFE