25 Jul 2023 12:24

Power unit No. 4 at Zaporozhye NPP shifted into hot shutdown to cool power unit No. 5

MOSCOW. July 25 (Interfax) - Specialists at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Energodar are putting power unit No. 5 into a cold shutdown for scheduled work and are shifting power unit No. 4 into a hot shutdown, the facility's Telegram channel said on Tuesday.

"For the purpose of carrying out a routine technical inspection of power unit No. 5, the management of the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant made the decision to put it into a cold shutdown. And in order to ensure the supply of steam for the station's own needs, the reactor unit of power unit No. 4 will be shifted into a hot shutdown," it said.

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 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.