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Ukraine’s Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP) suffered a complete loss of external power for 11 hours recently, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said in his latest update. This forced the plant to rely on emergency diesel generators for reactor cooling and other essential nuclear safety and security functions. ZNPP lost all off-site electricity at the site when its last remaining 750 kilovolt (kV) line was disconnected following reports of missile strikes across Ukraine. This was the sixth time the plant has been running on emergency diesel generators during the ongoing military conflict, he told the IAEA Board of Governors.

Date: Wednesday, 15 March 2023
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Six-reactor nuclear station now relying on backup diesel generators Rafael Grossi: ‘What are we doing to prevent this happening?’ Courtesy Dean Calma/IAEA. The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in Ukraine lost all offsite power at around 05.00 local time on Thursday (9 March) when its last remaining 750 kilovolt line was disconnected following missile strikes across Ukraine overnight, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed.

The incident led the agency’s director-general Rafael Grossi to tell its board of governors today that he was “astonished” by the complacency. “What are we doing to prevent this happening? We are the IAEA, we are meant to care about nuclear safety,” Grossi said.

The six-unit station’s only remaining back up 330 kilovolt line had already been damaged a few days ago and is under repair.

As a result, all 20 of the site’s emergency diesels generators were activated. The site’s essential power is now being provided by eight of those diesels with the rest now in standby mode. Grossi said there is enough diesel on site for 15 days of operation

The two out of six units that were in hot shutdown are moving to cold shutdown. When a reactor is in cold shutdown, the fuel and control rods can be safely removed and exchanged, and maintenance can be performed. However, once a reactor has gone into a cold shutdown, it requires more time and energy to restart the reaction than if it had been hot.

Date: Friday, 10 March 2023
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External power has been restored to Europe's largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia. The loss of external power, which meant 10 hours spent relying on emergency diesel generators for essential safety functions, followed missile strikes on Ukraine. The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA's) director general warned that action is needed or "one day our luck will run out".

Date: Friday, 10 March 2023
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A senior Russian diplomat says that talks on a security zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant "are losing momentum" while Ukraine's energy minister says that diplomatic steps to return it to Ukraine have "reached a dead end".

Date: Wednesday, 08 March 2023
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Rosatom in the third quarter of this year will begin work on the commissioning unit 1 of the Akkuyu NPP under construction in Turkey. Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev made the announcement during a visit to the construction site. He was accompanied by the Director General of Project Company Akkuyu Nukleer, Anastasia Zoteeva, and other construction managers. Following talks with Turkish Minister of Energy & Natural Resources Fatih Dönmez Likhachev also had meetings with representatives of Turkish contracting organisations involved in construction and installation work at the NPP site. Discussion included project financing, plans for the construction of a residential town for plant operators, fuel deliveries and the possibilities for participation of Turkish companies in other foreign projects of Rosatom.

Date: Friday, 03 March 2023
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Rosatom's Director General Alexei Likhachev said, after talks with Turkey's energy minister Fatih Dönmez, that nuclear fuel would be delivered to Akkuyu this spring, with construction to be completed in the third quarter and then "proceed to commissioning".

Date: Thursday, 02 March 2023
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Russia plans ‘full control’ as standoff continues over IAEA staff rotation and little progress made on protection zone Russia is pushing ahead with plans to take full control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station. Petro Kotin said. Courtesy Energoatom. One year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moscow is pushing ahead with plans to take full control of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station and use it for the supply of electricity to occupied territories and Russia, the head of Ukraine’s state nuclear company Energoatom said.

Petro Kotin told the My-Ukraina (“We are Ukraine”) news channel that Russia’s shelling of the station and the area around it since the invasion began in February 2022 is “an act of nuclear terrorism”.

He said Zaporizhzhia – which has six Soviet era reactors and is the largest commercial nuclear facility in Europe – had operated safely for almost 40 years, but since Russia took control “we have had 20 very serious events, including those on the [International Atomic Energy Agency’s] emergency scale”.

Kotin said Russia had seized the nuclear station and all the infrastructure used to detect and respond to possible nuclear radiation incidents.

“They are all seized, all this infrastructure is broken,” he said. Kotin added that staff are being pressured to sign a contract to work for Russia’s Rosenergoatom, the nuclear plant operations subsidiary of Atomenergoprom, itself a subsidiary of state-owned nuclear corporation Rosatom.

Date: Saturday, 25 February 2023
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has appealed for constructive efforts by all involved parties to facilitate this month’s already delayed rotation of experts to and from Ukraine’s Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP). Grossi stressed the vital importance of the continued presence of the IAEA Support & Assistance Mission to Zaporizhia (ISAMZ) at Europe’s largest NPP.

Date: Friday, 24 February 2023
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International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi recently held talks with senior Russian officials in Moscow. Discussions focused on ongoing efforts to agree and implement a nuclear safety and security protection zone around the Zaporizhia NPP (ZNPP). Grossi noted that a planned rotation of a team of IAEA experts had been delayed due to increased military activity.

Date: Wednesday, 15 February 2023
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The Akkuyu NPP, currently under construction in Turkey, was not damaged by the major earthquake that recently struck central Turkey and northwest Syria, according to Rosatom. Anastasia Zoteeva General Director of Russian project company Akkuyu Nuclearsaid earth tremors of about magnitude 3 were felt “but our specialists have not revealed any damage to building structures, cranes and equipment”. However, she added, “We are nevertheless carrying out extensive diagnostic measures to make sure that construction and installation operations can continue safely.”

Date: Friday, 10 February 2023
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