22 May 2023 12:10

IAEA head points to unstable situation at ZNPP after switch to backup power supply

BRUSSELS. May 22 (Interfax) - The loss of external power supply has created an extremely unstable situation at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi said.

"ZNPP this morning lost all external electricity for seventh time during conflict [...] nuclear safety situation at the plant extremely vulnerable," Grossi said on social media.

He noted that the plant has to run on diesel generators.

Earlier, Grossi called for an urgent agreement on ZNPP safeguards.

The Zaporozhye NPP in Energodar was disconnected from external power supply via a line from Ukraine on Monday. The reasons for the disconnection are being clarified. As reported, radiation levels on the plant premises are normal.