25 May 2023 14:50

Rotation of IAEA specialists at Zaporozhye NPP delayed at Ukraine's initiative - Rosenergoatom

ROSTOV-ON-DON. May 25 (Interfax) - The scheduled arrival of a new group of specialists from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant in Energodar has been delayed at Ukraine's initiative, advisor to the head of Russia's Rosenergoatom state concern Renat Karchaa told Interfax.

"The rotation of specialists was planned for today. It has been rescheduled for tomorrow at Ukraine's initiative," Karchaa said.

Several IAEA experts have been deployed at the NPP on a rotating basis since September 1, 2022. They are rotated roughly once a month. The previous rotation was on April 27, when representatives of Australia and Slovakia came to the plant.

The Zaporozhye NPP, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, operates six VVER-1000 power units. The plant has not produced electricity since September 11, 2022. Five reactors are in cold shutdown, and one is in hot shutdown to meet the plant's needs.

The NPP's facilities have been transferred to Russian ownership, and the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant Federal State Unitary Enterprise was established. The operator is the Operating Organization of the Zaporozhye NPP, which was established by Rosenergoatom, part of Rosatom state corporation.