The power unit needs electricity to operate the pumps that cool the nuclear fuel in the reactor.
The actions of the occupiers at the Zaporizhzhya NPP can lead to a nuclear catastrophe, since in the event of a plant blackout, the cooling system can turn off.
About this, as reported air forcethe station engineer said.
“Not a single power unit delivers power “outside”. It may seem that this is nothing to worry about, but there is one “but”. The power unit needs electricity to operate the pumps that cool the nuclear fuel in the reactor or in the spent fuel pool. This is a very long process. Without this cooling, there will be a terrible nuclear catastrophe,” the expert said.
He also noted that at least one power unit should work.
“We need at least one power unit to work for any power system. Firstly, this will give us a chance to start up other power units someday. Secondly, this is necessary to prevent a nuclear catastrophe. They know this. And what are they doing? They they break the high-voltage lines connecting the Zaporizhzhya NPP with the energy system of Ukraine. And at the same time they tell us: “If the neo-Nazis from the Armed Forces of Ukraine break the last line for you, we are ready to provide you with help.” with the energy system of the Russian Federation through the ZNPP – Melitopol-Dzhankoy line,” the expert said.
The station engineer also noted that the invaders are deliberately trying to arrange a “blackout”.
“If we suddenly sit down on 0, that is, a” blackout “occurs, we will need some kind of power from the outside” to feed the pumps for cooling nuclear fuel. The Russians deliberately arrange a “blackout” for us in order to “help” us later. Right now it is very close. Maybe tomorrow, maybe the day after tomorrow, they’ll crack the last line. It seems that they are doing this so that we all leave here,” the expert said.
The war in Ukraine and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant:
The Zaporozhye NPP has been controlled by Russian invaders since March 4. Also under the occupiers is the satellite city of the nuclear power plant – Energodar.
During the capture of the station, the invaders turned off online monitoring in order to hide their actions from the IAEA. The European Union called on Russia to return control over the ZNPP to Ukraine.
The invaders informed the heads of structural subdivisions of the Zaporizhzhya NPP that they intended to place the nuclear power plant under the control of Rosatom from September 1.
On June 6, the head of the IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi, announced that his agency was preparing an expert mission to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe. According to him, Ukraine allegedly asked for such a visit. The SE NNEGC Energoatom accused Grossi of lying and stated that they did not approve of this visit.
On June 26, 2022, it became known that the invaders were preparing for battles near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
On June 29, 2022, information appeared that the invaders were preparing a serious provocation at the Zaporozhye NPP.
On June 30, 2022, the IAEA lost contact with the Zaporozhye NPP.
On July 2, 2022, Energoatom restored communication between the Zaporozhye NPP and the IAEA.
On August 5, Russian invaders fired three times at the industrial site of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.
According to Energoatom, Russian troops in Energodar fired in the direction of the Zaporozhye NPP, the enemy hit the high-voltage communication line 330 kV of the open switchgear of the ZNPP autotransformer – the Zaporizhzhya thermal power plant.
At the same time, it is noted that despite the provocations of the occupiers, the Zaporizhzhya NPP continues to operate and deliver power to the energy system of Ukraine through operating lines. In accordance with their throughput, it was decided to unload and disconnect from the network one of the operating power units of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Emissions and discharges of radioactive substances were not recorded.
On August 6, information appeared that the Russian invaders could have mined the ZNPP.
Also on August 6, it became known that one of the power units of the Zaporozhye NPP was disconnected from the power system.
On August 11, 2022, the Russian invaders repeatedly fired at the Zaporozhye NPP in the vicinity of the nuclear facility.
On August 11, the Russian invaders continued to attack the Zaporizhzhya NPP. There were damage.