Generators Switch Back On at Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant After Russian Strike
MOSCOW, April 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian nuclear plant operator Atomstroyexport’s nuclear power plants in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Cuba have switched on nuclear power generators at their units for safety-related reasons, the press office of the Russian Nuclear and Industrial Safety Council reported today. Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday declared the threat of a new military conflict with the United States, but he vowed to ensure Russian security and ensure the safety of its nuclear energy plants.
The Russian press service said the plant operators are now working to restore power to the generators. The press service said the Chernobyl nuclear plant resumed power generation at the time of a Russian air strike during the night of April 15 and 16. The press service said the Soviet nuclear plant in Chernobyl was evacuated due to fears of a military attack.
The press service said the nuclear plants in Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Cuba, which had been forced to stop functioning since the beginning of the month, will come back on line as soon as possible, depending on the situation at the nuclear plants in Russia.
At the request of the Russian nuclear industry, in accordance with existing provisions of the Russian law on the use of nuclear technology, on March 30, 2016, the Federal Nuclear Center in Sarov had begun to take measures for the restoration of nuclear power generation at the units of the Sarov nuclear power plant, located in Sarov, Vologda Region, Moscow Oblast.
By the end of March 2016, all of the 11 units of the Sarov nuclear plant, including the units with the power of up to 500 megawatts, were already on standby for emergency procedures, and the Russian nuclear industry provided the plant with an emergency generator. The Russian defense agency declared earlier that the Ukrainian military had launched an air attack with fighter jets, BUK units, and missile systems against an airfield in Hrabove, Crimea, with the aim of destroying the facilities of the Ukrainian naval base of Sevastopol.
In its statement on March 15, 2016, the Russian nuclear industry said that the Russian nuclear industry’s nuclear safety control system was ready to take over the entire operations of the plant at this time, provided that the Ukrainian military attack with fighter jets, BUK units, and missile systems had been stopped. The press office of the Russian nuclear industry reported on March