4 Jul 2023 20:43

Zaporozhye NPP power supply from Ukraine restored

ROSTOV-ON-DON. July 4 (Interfax) - The power supply to the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Energodar, which is provided via a line on Ukrainian territory, has resumed after an overnight shutdown, the plant's Telegram channel said in a statement on Tuesday.

"Efforts to put the 'Dneprovskaya' 750-kV line into operation were completed at 2 p.m. The plant is operating normally," its director Yury Chernichuk was quoted in the statement as saying.

The NPP's internal needs are being provided for according to the regular scheme. There are no problems with its operation.

The shutdown of the high-voltage Dneprovskaya line, which supplies power to the NPP, was reported on Tuesday morning. The power supply was switched to backup transformers.

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. Two of its power units are undergoing maintenance, three are in a cold shutdown, and one (Unit 5) in a hot shutdown to provide for the Zaporozhye NPP's own 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.

Several IAEA experts have been deployed at the NPP on a rotating basis since September 1, 2022.