The situation at the Zaporizhzhya NPP is approaching the pre-accident situation at the Japanese plant Fukushima Daiichi in 2011. Petro Kotin, the president of the Energoatom National Nuclear Energy Generating Company, stated this on the air of the national telethon.
According to him, the invaders plan to reconnect the ZNPP to supply Crimea, as evidenced by the recent damage to power transmission lines at the plant. The ZNPP reconnection program was prepared by Rosatom staff, whose employees are currently at the plant.
"At the ZNPP, we are already very close to this first stage of Fukushima Daiichi, because there is only one line there. As soon as it is turned off, the plant will switch to diesel generators, and after that, everything will depend on the reliability of their work and the sufficient amount of available fuel for generators at the ZNPP," said Kotin.
At the same time, he emphasized that disconnecting the plant from the energy system of Ukraine is very dangerous.
"In the period when the regions will be completely shut down and the ZNPP will be disconnected from the power system, this is the most dangerous regime for it. That’s because all 20 diesel generators at the Zaporizhzhia NPP will be turned on, and if there are any failures of this equipment, it can result in the melting of the active zones of the reactor," explained Petro Kotin.
Context. The head of the Department of Mathematical Environmental Modeling at the Institute of Mathematical Machines and Systems Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine showed the calculations of the consequences of an accident at the ZNPP and emphasized that the situation would be very harsh.
An accident at the ZNPP would result in many countries and millions of people being exposed to radioactive contamination.