Zaporozhye: Europe's largest nuclear power plant shuts down

Ukraine's State Nuclear Power Company announced on the 11th that the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant had ceased operation. The Ukrainian State Nuclear Power Company stated that in the early morning of the 11th, the last power unit running at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant was disconnected from the Ukrainian national grid, and preparations for cooling the unit were in progress.

The TASS news agency quoted Rogoff, a representative of the local administrative agency in Zaporozhye, as saying on the 11th that the unit was suspended in a controllable manner, is being switched to a "cold shutdown" state, and may restart in the future.

According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, the representative of the Zaporozhye state government, Rogov, said that the last operating unit of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant has ceased operation. “The only operating power unit, Unit 6, has been running at minimum power for the past few days. It stopped running at 3:45pm. Now it has stopped generating electricity.”

According to public information, the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. The nuclear power plant has six nuclear reactors, and only the sixth is still in operation. In addition to supporting cooling and other basic safety functions in the station, it also provides electricity for residential, factories and Other facilities provide electricity.

On September 3, the fourth and only remaining main transmission line of the nuclear power plant was disconnected from the national grid, and electricity was supplied to the grid through only one backup line. On the 10th, one of the lines was restored, allowing the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to receive electricity from the Ukrainian grid, so it was decided to shut down Unit 6 and switch it to the safest cold shutdown state.

Earlier, the media said that Russia and Ukraine accused each other of shelling nuclear power plants, and the international community was worried that the shelling of nuclear power plants by both sides may cause a nuclear disaster. Ukraine on September 7 called on residents of the "Russian-occupied zone" around the nuclear power plant to evacuate for their own safety.

The IAEA delegation arrived at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in early September for inspection and expressed support for the establishment of a "nuclear safety reserve" around the nuclear power plant.

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