Water leakage at ZNPP unit 4 due to Russian actions - Energoatom

Water leakage at ZNPP unit 4 due to Russian actions - Energoatom

An incident with water leakage from the first circuit to the second circuit occurred at unit 4 of Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) due to the criminal actions of the invaders.

Ukraine’s Energoatom reported this, Ukrinform saw.

According to the report, as a result of putting unit 4 of the temporarily seized ZNPP into a "hot" state in violation of the license and Energoatom's requirements, an incident occurred with a water leak from the first circuit to the second. There was no radiological release into the environment.

This happened due to a violation of the integrity of the third steam generator located in the unit's containment. As a result, the Russians began to transfer ZNPP unit 4 to a cold shutdown state.

At the same time, Energoatom noted that over the next three days, the invaders will transfer ZNPP unit 6 to the hot shutdown state, which is another violation of the license terms and requirements of Energoatom.

"Rosatom's incompetent, illegitimate 'management' of ZNPP is consistently putting the seized plant's units out of commission. This crime of deliberate damage to the equipment of unit 4, which led to the violation of the integrity of three out of five existing physical barriers to the spread of radiation, leakage of potentially radioactive water of the first circuit beyond the established limits, and damage to expensive equipment of the first circuit, will be investigated," Energoatom president Petro Kotin said.

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He added that all those involved in the incident, who continue to fulfill Rosatom's criminal orders and bring the equipment of all ZNPP units to a critical state, will be identified and brought to justice after the plant is liberated.

Kotin also said that the 750 kV high-voltage communication line was repaired and ZNPP was connected to the main power line on August 10 at 19:02.

As Energoatom reminded, the 750 kV ZNPP-Dniprovska line, which is the main line for powering ZNPP, was damaged at night on August 10. After that, the plant had to switch to the only available backup line of 330 kV, the disconnection of which threatened to cause a loss of external power supply (blackout).

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Energoatom emphasized that "the further occupation of ZNPP by Russia and its illegitimate and unprepared 'management', which bears no responsibility for the nuclear and radiation safety of the facility, constantly brings ZNPP closer to disaster. The nuclear and radiation threat can only be stopped by returning control of the plant to its legitimate operator, Energoatom, as soon as possible."

As Ukrinform reported, Russians seized ZNPP on March 4, 2022.

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