Zaporozhye NPP resumed data transmission to the IAEA

Communication between the servers of the Zaporizhzhya NPP for the control of nuclear material and the IAEA was interrupted at the end of May. The head of the agency, Rafael Grossi, was going to visit the station, which is under the control of Russian troops, but Kyiv opposed 756550660101801.jpg” alt=”Zaporozhye NPP resumed data transmission to the IAEA” />

The Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which is located in Energodar, controlled by the Russian military, resumed remote transmission of data from it to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the agency's director general Rafael Grossi.

We are talking about data on safeguards from IAEA systems, installed at nuclear power plants, their transmission was suspended almost two weeks ago.

“Remote transmission of safeguards data is an important aspect of the application of IAEA safeguards in Ukraine and other countries. However, this does not replace the physical presence of IAEA inspectors at nuclear power plants to regularly check nuclear materials. emphasized Grossi.

As the Ukrainian Energoatom said the day before, the connection between the servers of the Zaporizhzhya NPP for the control of nuclear material and the IAEA was lost on May 30, after the operator Vodafone was turned off in Energodar (the IAEA signed a data transmission contract with it). The company added that all information accumulated since the disconnection of communication is stored on secure servers of the station, and after the restoration of communication they were sent to the IAEA.

Grossi had previously cited the interrupted connection with the station as one of the reasons for his visit to the nuclear power plant, but Kyiv opposed it. In “Energoatom” noted that Ukraine did not invite representatives of the IAEA there, first of all— for security reasons. In addition, the company said, the organization must express a “clear and assertive position” on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the ZNPP territory.

Zaporozhye NPP— Europe's largest nuclear power plant in terms of installed capacity. It has six VVER-1000 power units. The first was put into operation in December 1984, the sixth— in October 1995. On February 28, four days after the start of the military operation in Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the territory of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant had been taken under control.

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Despite this, the management of the station remained with the Ukrainian operators. In “Rosatom” stated that Russian experts provide them with advisory assistance. In mid-March, the Russian state corporation assured the IAEA that it did not intend to establish full control over the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. However, on May 18, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin admitted that in the future the station will work for Russia, but is ready to supply Ukraine with electricity, provided that they pay for it. In “Energoatom” indicate that it is technically impossible to disconnect ZNPP from the energy system of Ukraine.

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