An IAEA expert at the facility, now owned by the Russian military but run by Ukrainian workers, has been told by senior Ukrainian staff that the plant’s fourth operational 750 kv transmission line is down. was informed on Saturday. The other three were lost earlier.
Separately, the plant’s management also informed the IAEA team that reactor number 5 at the plant was cut Saturday afternoon due to grid restrictions. A fifth reactor was also cut off on Thursday when IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi visited the site. It was due to an internal electrical failure and was reconnected on Friday. The plant has 6 reactors, only 2 of which are working.
One reactor is still in operation, producing electricity for cooling and other critical safety functions, as well as power grids for homes, factories, and elsewhere, the IAEA said in a statement.
In a statement on Saturday, Director General Grossi called his team’s presence at the facility a “game changer.”
“Our team on the ground received first-hand, fast and reliable information about the plant’s off-site power situation and the latest important developments affecting the operating state of the reactor,” Grossi said. . “We already have a good understanding of the function of reserve power lines when connecting facilities to the grid. This is important information in assessing the overall situation there.”
Grossi said on Friday that the nuclear watchdog will produce a report “early next week” to address the situation at the facility.