The Zaporizhzhia NPP is currently connected to the Ukrainian energy system with one working power line and if it is damaged, the plant will go into blackout mode, president of the state-owned nuclear power plant Energoatom Petr Kotin said in a national telethon broadcast on Monday.
"So far, the fact that the Russians have damaged the lines connecting the plant with Zaporizhzhia TPP and the Ukrainian energy system poses a great threat to Zaporizhzhia NPP during the shelling period. And now ZNPP is connected to the power system by only one line, which is very unsafe for such a nuclear facility," Kotin said.
According to him, if all lines are damaged, ZNPP will have to go into blackout mode, which is extremely unsafe in terms of keeping nuclear fuel at the facility in a safe condition.
"If all the lines are damaged, the plant will go into blackout mode, a complete blackout, and this situation is already very unsafe in terms of keeping nuclear fuel in reactors and spent fuel pools in a safe condition," stressed the head of Energoatom.