Chernobyl nuclear plant power line ‘damaged again by Russian forces’

A power line that supplies power to the nuclear power plant has allegedly been damaged after being repaired

Big Zero Report 2022

Russian forces have again damaged a power line that supplies power to Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine’s transmission regulator Ukrenergo has said.

Ukrenergo noted the line that feeds the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the city Slavutych in northern Ukraine has been damaged again by the occupiers after its crew repaired it.

It said: “Yesterday, March 13, the Ukrenergo repair crew repaired the high-voltage power line that supplies the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the city of Slavutych.

“At 19:07 the line was put under voltage and the power supply of the Chernobyl infrastructure and the city of Slavutych was restored. However, these works could not be completed because the occupiers soon damaged the line again.

“The repair team of NEC Ukrenergo is forced to go again to the occupied territory near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, to look for and eliminate new damage.”

A few hours later, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was informed that efforts were continuing to resume external electricity supplies to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Diesel generators have been providing backup electricity to the site of the 1986 accident since it lost all off-site power on 9th March.

The IAEA also stressed that the disconnection of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant from the grid last week did not have a critical impact on essential safety processes as the volume of cooling water in its spent fuel storage facility was sufficient to maintain heat removal without a supply of electricity.

If you enjoyed this story you can sign up to our weekly email for Energy Live News – and if you’re interested in hearing more about the journey to net zero by 2050, you can also sign up to the future Net Zero newsletter. 

Latest Podcast