Russia Contemplates Restarting Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Amid Rising Safety Concerns

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief revealed that Russia is considering the restart of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which remains potentially hazardous due to ongoing military operations and unstable power supply. Discussions with Russian officials emphasized the necessity of safety measures before any reactivation.


PTI | Vienna | Updated: 03-06-2024 20:50 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 20:50 IST
Russia Contemplates Restarting Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Amid Rising Safety Concerns
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Russia is evaluating the possibility of restarting the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which it seized in southeastern Ukraine. However, both Russia and international monitors agree that it is currently impractical and potentially dangerous to proceed, according to the UN nuclear watchdog chief, Rafael Grossi.

Grossi informed reporters that his discussions with Rosatom's Director-General Alexey Likhachev highlighted Moscow's intent to use the plant, while recognizing significant safety concerns. The plant, Europe's largest, remains shut down but needs stable power and staff to operate safely, in a region still troubled by military activity.

The ongoing conflict and instability of the power supply present considerable risks. The IAEA reported that the plant recently lost off-site power, illustrating the precarious situation. The agency has consistently warned of the dangers posed by the facility amid fears of a potential nuclear disaster.

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