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Slovak power utility Slovenské Elektrárne (SE) hosted a two-day forum, the 5th annual VVER Fuel Forum in Bratislava. The forum on nuclear fuel for VVER 440 and VVER 1000 reactors, which was sponsored by Westinghouse, was attended by representatives of utilities that are potential customers for Westinghouse VVER fuel. These included Ukraine’s Energoatom, Finland’s Fortum, the Czech Republic’s CEZ, Bulgaria’s JE Kozloduy, and Hungary’s nuclear plant operator MVM Paks. The participants exchanged experiences on the procedure for implementing fuel from Westinghouse for operating VVER-440 and VVER-1000 reactors.

Date: Thursday, 29 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsslovakia-hosts-westinghouse-sponsored-vver-nuclear-fuel-forum-11554179

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and his team of experts including the Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety & Security, Lydie Evrard, visited the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) after holding talks in Kyiv and before travelling to Moscow for discussions with Russian officials.

Date: Friday, 09 February 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgrossi-makes-fourth-trip-to-zaporizhia-npp-11500955

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts at Ukraine’s Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) have not yet been given access to the reactor halls of units 1, 2 & 6, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in his latest update. He noted that this is hindering their ability to monitor the nuclear safety and security situation at the plant.

Date: Thursday, 18 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-continues-to-demand-access-to-zaporizhia-reactor-halls-11442916

Following discussions with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) has taken action to ensure an immediate supply of back-up electricity in case its main external power line is lost, as has happened repeatedly during the military conflict, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said.

Date: Wednesday, 10 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newszaporizhia-npp-acts-to-ensure-back-up-electricity-supply-11422886

The Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) lost the connection to its main off-site power line, forcing it to rely on back-up electricity for reactor cooling International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in his latest update. IAEA experts present at the ZNPP heard several rockets that appeared to have been fired from close to the plant. The IAEA team did not see the projectiles because of clouds but the distinctive sound indicated they were fired from a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) nearby.

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newszaporizhia-npp-loses-power-connection-during-increased-military-activity-11331162

Ukraine’s Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) is transitioning its reactor unit 5 to cold from hot shutdown in order to determine the cause of boron detected in a cooling circuit. This still leaves one of the plant’s six reactors in hot shutdown to produce necessary steam and heating, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi reported. Unit 4 will remain in hot shutdown. There are currently no plans to bring a second unit into hot shutdown to replace unit 5, the plant said.

Date: Saturday, 25 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscold-shutdown-for-zaporizhia-unit-5-11323925

Unit 6 at the Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) temporarily lost power recently, forcing it to rely on an emergency diesel generator for the electricity needed for cooling and other vital functions, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has reported.

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstemporary-power-loss-at-zaporizhia-npp-unit-6-11315271

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts have been informed that 21 natural gas boilers have been installed at the industrial zone nearby the Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) as part of measures to provide additional heating during the winter, including for the nearby city of Energodar, according to IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi.

Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-monitors-maintenance-activities-at-zaporizhia-npp-11297138

A new team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts has crossed the frontline to replace their colleagues in monitoring nuclear safety and security at the Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP). This is the thirteenth such mission since the IAEA established its Support & Assistance Mission to Zaporizhia (ISAMZ) at the site in September 2022 to help prevent a nuclear accident during the military conflict, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said. IAEA noted that, when the rotation of IAEA experts took place, there were Russian reports of drone attacks in the town of Energodar, where many plant staff live.

Date: Thursday, 09 November 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-completes-13th-rotation-of-experts-at-zaporizhia-npp-11282486

In his latest update, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said that the Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) is transitioning a second reactor to hot shutdown to provide warm water and district heating. Since April, it has kept five reactors in cold shutdown and just one, currently unit 4, in hot shutdown to generate steam to process liquid radioactive waste and to heat water for Energodar, where most plant staff live. Ahead of the upcoming winter season, it has begun transferring unit 5 to hot shutdown after carrying out safety maintenance and testing at this unit.

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newszaporizhia-npp-moves-second-reactor-to-hot-shutdown-11228400