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Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) has once again lost access to external electricity and is instead relying on its emergency diesel generators for the power it needs for reactor cooling and other essential nuclear safety and security functions, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 23 November, using information provided by the IAEA staff on the site.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
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Powerful explosions shook the area of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) on the evening of 19 November and the following morning, abruptly ending a period of relative calm at the facility and further underlining the urgent need for measures to help prevent a nuclear accident there, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 20 November.

Date: Wednesday, 23 November 2022
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The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) has said it remains “deeply concerned” about the situation at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP), noting that plant operators were “facing unprecedented challenges in carrying out day-to-day operations and maintaining nuclear safety standards”.

Date: Friday, 28 October 2022
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The site of Ukraine’s Zaporozhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) was hit by new shelling and explosions this week, breaking windows in one of its turbine halls and once again underlining the urgent need to establish a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the plant, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said on 27 September.

Date: Thursday, 29 September 2022
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VVER-1200 plants are scheduled to be completed in 2030 Two new VVER-1200 pressurised water reactor units are being built at Paks 2. Courtesy Paks II. Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom has begun excavation work at the site of two new nuclear units for the Paks 2 project in Hungary, Russian media reported.

“We have already started large-scale excavation work,” state-owned domestic news agency Ria Novosti reported Alexander Merten, vice-president of general contractor ASE JSC, a Rosatom subsidiary, as saying.

“Excavation work is being carried out for Unit 5 down to five metres and preparatory earthworks are being carried out for Unit 6,” Mr Merten said.

Concrete pouring for the nuclear island is scheduled to begin in autumn 2023 and the plants should be built by 2030.

Date: Tuesday, 20 September 2022
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The last operating reactor at Ukraine’s six unit Zaporizhzhia NPP (unit 6) was shut down on 11 September. The plant, which was taken over by Russian forces in March had continued to operate despite constant shelling, which continued even after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) established a permanent presence there following an inspection visit on 1 September. The plant continues to be operated by its original Ukrainian staff while Russian nuclear utility Rosenergoatom has some experts at the plant and Russia’s national guard provides security protection.

Date: Tuesday, 13 September 2022
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On 6 September the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a lengthy report on the situation in Ukraine, and later that day IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi addressed the UN Security Council by video link on the same subject. Meanwhile, shelling of the Zaporozhzhia NPP (ZNPP) continued despite IAEA experts being stationed at the site following the IAEA's Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzhia (ISAMZ). ZNPP has been held by Russian forces since early March, but its Ukrainian staff continue to operate the plant.

Date: Friday, 09 September 2022
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 14-member Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzhia (ISAMZ) team of experts arrived at Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia NPP on the morning of 1 September after being delayed for several hours by shelling near the site. The IAEA said on Twitter that the team had arrived at the plant “to conduct indispensable nuclear safety and security and safeguards activities”. Reuters said its reporter saw the team arrive in a large convoy with a heavy presence of Russian soldiers nearby. Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of trying to sabotage the team’s visit to the NPP, which is controlled by Russian forces but operated by Ukrainian staff. 

Date: Friday, 02 September 2022
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