8 Jun 2022 17:13

IAEA chief: 11 member states ready to provide Ukraine with equipment for safe operation of NPPs

MOSCOW. June 8 (Interfax) - Eleven Member States of the International Nuclear Energy Agency (IAEA) registered in the Response and Assistance Network (RANET) have so far offered to provide specialized equipment to Ukraine for the safe and secure operation of its nuclear facilities, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said.

"I'm confident that more countries registered in RANET will come forward and provide the assistance Ukraine has requested and needs to help prevent the very real danger of a nuclear incident," Grossi said in an IAEA report on Ukraine.

He said Ukraine's list, submitted in late April, included radiation measurement devices, protective material, computer-related assistance, power supply systems and diesel generators.

The IAEA has now updated Ukraine's list with details on the offers received and ongoing preparations for equipment procurement and delivery, with a focus on identifying priorities and avoiding duplications.

Grossi also said that the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) on June 6 began receiving radiation measurements from the Exclusion Zone, marking the successful outcome of efforts to both restore the automated collection of such data and reconnect the local monitoring stations with the Agency's International Radiation Monitoring Information System (IRMIS).

He said most of the 39 detectors sending data from the Exclusion are now visible on the IRMIS map and updated as they were before the interruption from February 24.

Grossi said that the measurements received so far indicated radiation levels in line with those measured before the interruption.