Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant: power unit No. 2 to be reconnected after contentious repairs
The No. 2 power unit at the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant was disconnected this week, causing some to speculate over whether or not an accident occurred.
It has been noted that background radiation is within normal limits and that the power unit will be reconnected on September 28. Some sources have claimed that an “accident” occurred at the station, but no details have been provided.
Energoatom, the operator of Zaporizhzhya NPP, has dismissed claims of an accident and has stated that the No. 2 unit is undergoing repair.
“Energoblok number 2 of Zaporizhzhya NPP on September 23, 2018 at 02 hours 59 minutes according to the submitted application was unloaded and disconnected from the grid to eliminate the defect on the pipeline of the autonomous circuit of the main circulation pump No. 3, according to the submitted application.”, said the company on a statement.
Energoatom reiterated that not only was Zaporizhzhya NPP operating at it’s “normal working rhythm”, but that “The radiation situation in the vicinity of the Zaporizhzhya NPP does not differ from the natural values provided by the safe and reliable operation of the nuclear power plant. “.
Zaporizhzhya NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and among the top 10 largest in the world.