20 Jul 2023 20:59

IAEA inspectors still see no heavy weapons, explosives at Zaporozhye NPP - agency

BRUSSELS. July 20 (Interfax) - Additional inspections carried out at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have revealed no heavy military equipment, explosive substances or mines, the agency said on Thursday.

"The IAEA experts have carried out additional inspections and walkdowns at the Zaporizhzhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) over the past week, so far without observing any heavy military equipment, explosives or mines, but they are still awaiting access to the rooftops of the reactor buildings," IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi was quoted in the statement as saying.

The experts have also not heard the sounds of any explosions over the past week, whereas the week before such explosions could be heard regularly, the statement said.

The water supply is "relatively stable," with the NPP's water levels falling one centimeter per day due to use and evaporation, the IAEA said. The current supply of water is enough for several months, it said.