7 Jun 2023 11:08

Grossi to personally head IAEA rotation mission to Zaporozhye NPP next week amid Kakhovka HPP situation

PARIS. June 7 (Interfax) - International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Rafael Grossi said on Tuesday that he would personally visit the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant for the IAEA personnel rotation next week in light of the situation around the Kakhovka Hydropower Plant.

"After concerning developments following the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP dam, I will be leading the next rotation of our IAEA support and assistance mission to Zaporozhye NPP next week with a reinforced team," Grossi said on social media.

This is a "crucial moment for nuclear safety," he said.

Grossi said earlier on Tuesday that the partial destruction of the Kakhovka HPP in the Kherson region did not pose a direct threat to the Zaporozhye NPP for now.

"Absence of cooling water in the essential cooling water systems for an extended period of time would cause fuel melt and inoperability of the emergency diesel generators. However, our current assessment is that there is no immediate risk to the safety of the plant," he said.