MOSCOW, 11 Sep — PRIME. The last power unit 6 that worked at the Zaporozhye NPP was stopped, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporizhzhya region, told RIA Novosti.
He noted that the last few days the only working power unit – the sixth – was operating at minimum power.
“It was stopped at night, at 3.45. Now it does not generate electricity,” Rogov added.
The reason for stopping the power units of the Zaporozhye NPP is related to the possibility of an emergency due to the constantly changing load and operating modes of turbines and reactors due to shelling of high-voltage lines and energy infrastructure, a member of the main council of the administration of the Zaporozhye region explained to RIA Novosti.
“The shutdown of the power units of the Zaporizhzhya NPP is due to the fact that the mode of operation of the reactors and turbines of the power units is constantly forced to change. The shelling of the plant and power transmission lines to deliver the plant’s power led to their damage. Accordingly, it is necessary to constantly change the mode of operation of the power units – this is extremely harmful for them,” Rogov said.
He noted that at the moment, high-voltage power lines from the side of the liberated territory were interrupted by targeted shelling by Ukrainian troops.
The transmission of electricity to the territory controlled by Kyiv was stopped at the initiative of the Ukrainian authorities, he stated.
Earlier, the authorities of the region informed that due to the constant shelling of the plant by Ukrainian troops, the option of completely stopping the operation of the nuclear power plant is being considered.
Zaporozhye NPP is located on the left bank of the Dnieper near the town of Energodar. This is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of the number of units and installed capacity – the plant has six power units with a capacity of 1 gigawatt each. Since March, it has been under the protection of the Russian military. The Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized that this step was justified in order to avoid leakage of nuclear and radioactive materials. The Ukrainian military continues to regularly shell Enerhodar and the territory of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant adjacent to the city.