Zaporizhia power plant reconnected to the electricity grid, after two interruptions | War in Ukraine

Zaporizhia power plant reconnected to the electricity grid, after two interruptions | War in Ukraine

Fires broke out at the site of the coal-fired power station near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant on August 24, 2022.< /p>

The last cable supplying electricity to Ukraine's Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, which fell under Russian control, is working again after interruptions during the day, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Thursday, which says having been so informed by Ukraine.

Ukraine informed the IAEA that the ZNPP, Europe's largest nuclear power plant, lost connection to the power grid at least twice during the day, but ;it was currently powered up again, the IAEA said in a statement, adding that it did not immediately have information on the direct cause of these outages.

Energoatom, the manager of Ukraine's nuclear fleet, had previously said that the two reactors still in operation in Zaporizhia had been disconnected from the network, fires nearby having damaged the electrical cables.

According to Energoatom, the fire broke out in a coal-fired power station near the plant and damaged the cables that connect it to the Ukrainian electricity grid.

As a result, the plant's two power generation units were disconnected from the grid, Energoatom added in a statement posted on Telegram.

The Russian army took control of the Zaporizhia power plant in the first weeks of its military offensive in Ukraine, launched in February.

The surroundings of the site have been subjected to regular bombardments for several weeks, including Russia and the x27;Ukraine blame each other, sparking fears of nuclear catastrophe.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said on Thursday that the UN agency was very, very close to being able to access the plant.

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