The Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine lost connection to its last external power line due to shelling while International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors were present, according to the United Nations’s nuclear watchdog.
A statement from the IAEA on Saturday added that the facility is continuing to supply electricity through a reserve line. The ZNPP previously had four main lines providing external power, but three have been destroyed in the fighting. Only one of the six reactors is still in operation at the plant.
“Our team on the ground received direct, fast and reliable information about the latest significant development affecting the plant’s external power situation, as well as the operational status of the reactors. We already have a better understanding of the functionality of the reserve power line in connecting the facility to the grid. This is crucial information in assessing the overall situation there,” IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said.
“The great value of finally having the IAEA permanently present at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is already abundantly clear. It is a game changer,” he added, saying that he is in close contact with Ukrainian and Russian authorities.