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After the fire.. Detection of the status of reactors of the Zaporizhia nuclear plant


After the fire.. Detection of the status of reactors of the Zaporizhia nuclear plant

After the fire.. Detection of the status of reactors of the Zaporizhia nuclear plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday that Ukrainian authorities had informed it that basic equipment at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant had not been affected after a fire broke out there and that there had been no change in radiation levels.

Ukrainian authorities said the station, located in the southeast of the country, was bombed overnight.

Ukrainian authorities said a fire at the plant had not affected "essential" equipment and that workers were taking measures to contain the situation and "there were no reports of a change in radiation levels".

Later, Ukrainian authorities put out a fire in a building at the central Zaporizhia nuclear plant, the largest in Europe, that broke out overnight as a result of Russian shelling.

The government's Emergency Service said in a statement on its Facebook page that "at 06:20 (04:20 GMT) the fire was extinguished. There are no victims".

Ukraine's Emergency Service said Russian forces had attacked the station and that flames had broken out in a nearby 5-Story training building.

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said there was no indication of high radiation levels at the Zaporizhia plant, which provides more than a fifth of Ukraine's electricity generated.

A video broadcast from the station, verified by Reuters, showed shelling and smoke rising near a building in the station's compound.

Zaporizhia station

The nuclear plant is located in the city of enerhodar, Zaporizhia province, southern Ukraine, specifically on the Bank of the kakhovka reservoir branching from the Dnieper River.

 It is owned and operated by the Ukrainian nuclear power generation company (State Corporation).

Zaporizhia is one of the most profitable operating nuclear power plants in the country, but it is the largest and most prominent not in Ukraine but in the whole of Europe.

The plant produces the equivalent of 42 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, which constitutes about 40 percent of the total electricity generated by Ukrainian nuclear power plants, and a fifth of the annual electricity production in Ukraine, according to the scientific site "power technology".

This nuclear plant began operating in 1984, so its design was and still is Soviet and produced about 1.23 trillion kWh of electricity as of December 2021.

The plant consists of 6 pressurized water reactor units, which were operated between 1984 and 1995, with a total capacity of 1,000 MW each.


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