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Energoatom analyses impact of possible explosion at dam of Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant on ZNPP

Monday, 7 November 2022, 11:39


Energoatom, Ukraine’s national nuclear energy generating company, is analysing the impact of a potential explosion at a dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (KHPP) on the safety of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP).

Source: press service of Energoatom


Quote: "Taking into account the information about placing mines at the dam at the Kakhovka Reservoir, gateways and pylons of the Kakhovka HPP, as well as the high risk of blowing up these constructions, Energoatom is urgently analysing the impact of consequences that such an explosion would have on safety of the ZNPP, as requested by the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine," the statement says. 

Energoatom noted that blowing up the KHPP could lead to the irreversible lowering of water levels in the Kakhovka Reservoir from which cooling water for the ZNPP is being supplied. 

No later than 9 November, Energoatom will send the State Inspectorate the results of the analysis and a list of priority measures to ensure the safety of the power units of the ZNPP in case there is no cooling water from the Kakhovka Reservoir. 


  • The State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine has instructed the Energoatom to urgently analyse the operational safety risks to power units of the ZNPP in case of lower water levels in the Kakhovka Reservoir.
  • External power supply to the ZNPP has been restored after a two-day disconnection, which happened due to occupiers’ attacks. 
  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that the Russians placed mines on the dam and units of the KHPP and planned to perform a terrorist attack under another flag.

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