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The IAEA is finalizing the deployment of permanent missions at three Ukrainian NPPs

The IAEA is finalizing the deployment of permanent missions at three Ukrainian NPPs. Photo: Denys Shmyhal

The IAEA is finalizing the deployment of permanent missions at three Ukrainian NPPs. Photo: Denys Shmyhal

On January 18, the IAEA finalized the deployment of permanent missions at Ukrainian NPPs, according to Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

The NPPs in question are the Rivne, Chornobyl, and South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plants.

Quote"In the coming days, a mission at the Khmelnytsky NPP is starting to work. Together with Director General Rafael Grossi we have coordinated our efforts to guarantee safety at all of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities," the prime minister added.

Importantly, Energoatom reported that after the Zaporizhzhia NPP and its satellite city, Enerhodar, are liberated, Ukrainian special services will need at least two months to neutralize all explosive devices. The invaders have been deliberately turning Europe's largest NPP into a military base.

Quote"The invaders are unable to launch a single power unit of the Zaporizhzhia NPP as all power lines have been damaged except for one, which is used to supply the plant’s own needs from Ukrainian power sources," the report says.

The shutdown at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and all its power units is causing progressive degradation of systems and equipment. Their required temperature regimes aren’t maintained while the units are in a cold shutdown state. The plant doesn’t produce electric power but instead consumes it from the Ukrainian power system (around 100 MW for its own needs).

As for the South Ukraine NPP, Energoatom will launch one of its power units that is now under maintenance in early February.

The other eight power units within the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government are working at full capacity and supplying electric power to Ukraine’s power system.

On January 16, a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) led by Director General Rafael Grossi arrived at the site of the South Ukraine NPP. The IAEA missions will work at every Ukrainian NPP to help ensure safety at nuclear facilities under conditions of continual enemy attacks.

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