Vienna, 4 July 2022 (TDI): The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General has confirmed the IAEA connection to ZNPP. ZNPP refers to the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear power plant, which is the largest power plant in Europe located in Ukraine.

IAEA Director-General, Rafael Mariano Grossi said that IAEA and the Ukrainian operator of the country’s ZNPP have brought back the remote transmission of safeguard data from the facility.

This is the second time that IAEA is losing its connection to the surveillance systems installed at ZNPP. The first time, the connection was lost for almost two weeks from 30 May to 12 June.

He added that IAEA worked with the operator to fix the problem and thereafter transfer of data continued on 1 July. Even though the Russian soldiers took over the plant four months ago, the Ukrainian staff are still able to operate it.

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Directer-General Grossi has also expressed concern for the Ukrainian soldiers as it is difficult for Ukrainian workers at the plant.

IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi
IAEA Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi

Furthermore, IAEA continues to receive remotely transferred data safeguards from three of Ukraine’s operational nuclear power plants (NPPs). Unfortunately, IAEA is still having partial loss of safeguards data transfer from the Chornobyl NPP.

Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP)

Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) is the largest power plant in Europe. It generates 40 percent of electricity in all of Ukraine’s power plants.

This is the largest power plant on which the country’s economic stability, safety, and independence rely. The power plant is located in southeast Ukraine in Enerhodar.

The Soviet Union built the power plant, between 1984 and 1995. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian troops took control of the power plant with six reactors on 4th March 2022.