The press service of the National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine “Energoatom” said on August 15, 2022, that periodic shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant by Russian troops with multiple rocket launchers since last week has caused a serious risk to the safe operation of the plant.
Source: The press service of National Nuclear Energy Generating Company of Ukraine “Energoatom”
“As a result of the attack on the Zaporizhzhia NPP, the emergency protection of one of the power units was activated – and one of the three working power units is now disconnected. During the shelling, the nitrogen-oxygen station, the combined auxiliary building, and the domestic sewage pumping station were seriously damaged. The open switchgear 750 kV (VRP-750) was also damaged,” the message says.
Also, the Russian occupiers fired at the fire department located outside the territory of the ZNPP and intended to protect it from fires and extinguish them in case of emergency situations at the plant.
There are high risks of hydrogen leakage and sputtering of radioactive substances.
“The Ukrainian staff of the plant continues to work and make every effort to ensure nuclear and radiation safety, as well as eliminate the consequences of damage,” Energoatom emphasized.