31 Aug 2023 14:22

Rotation of IAEA inspectors takes place at Zaporozhye NPP

MOSCOW. Aug 31 (Interfax) - A new team of specialists from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has replaced the agency's monitors at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Energodar, the plant said on its Telegram account.

"The mission includes five inspectors. As before, their job is to monitor and assess the plant's safety and the state of its security," 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. The last rotation was conducted on August 3.