The Zaporizhzhia NPP and the town of Energodar have been under control of the Russian military troops for six days.
There are currently two units of the Zaporizhzhia NPP in the grid. Two 750 kV high-voltage lines remain disconnected due to damage: Zaporizhzhia and South Donbass lines.
Operational personnel monitor the condition of the power units and ensure their safe operation in accordance with the requirements of operating documents. There are shifts of both operational personnel and a part of daily shift staff.
On 9 March 2022, maintenance activities were resumed at Zaporizhzhia NPP Unit 1. However, as the NPP and adjacent territory are occupied by the Russian troops, it is not currently possible to deliver the necessary spare parts, equipment, and specialized personnel to the site to perform previously planned maintenance. It is planned to reduce the scope of maintenance at Unit 1.
Unit 6 was put into emergency maintenance after the oil system of the unit transformer was damaged in the shelling of the Zaporizhzhia NPP site by the Russian troops. The Unit 6 transformer is under maintenance. The maintenance work is complicated by the lack of highly specialized maintenance personnel and equipment at the Zaporizhzhya NPP.
We emphasize that incomplete and/or untimely implementation of maintenance measures for equipment important to safety can decrease its reliability and in turn lead to its failure and emergencies and accidents.
Walkdowns are continued to identify and dispose of ammunition that did not explode in the shelling and capture of the Zaporizhzhia NPP by Russian troops. We emphasize that any explosive items at NPP pose a direct threat to the safety not only of personnel but also of the NPP as a whole!
When the Zaporizhzhia NPP was attacked, the training center building was fired upon by artillery systems; as a result, a part of the training center rooms burned down and some of the rooms were damaged and unexploded shells were found in them. In this regard, the training and retraining of personnel since the capture of the Zaporizhzhia NPP by enemy troops have been stopped.
We emphasize that incompliance with personnel training and skill maintenance plans decreases the level of nuclear and radiation safety at the Zaporizhzhia NPP.
The automated radiation monitoring system for the NPP and the automated radiation monitoring systems for the control and observation areas operate in normal mode; no changes in the radiological situation at the NPP site or in the control and observation areas have been recorded.
The Zaporizhzhya NPP website does not work; real-time information on the radiological situation is not available to the public.
As rooms of the residential SNRIU Nuclear Safety Inspectorate at the Zaporizhzhia NPP were destroyed in the shelling on 4 March 2022 and personnel safety cannot be ensured, the SNRIU state inspectors work remotely. There is currently no independent regulatory oversight of nuclear and radiation safety directly at the Zaporizhzhia NPP site.
The town has electricity, water and heat supply; town government and utilities are working. At the same time, there is no possibility to deliver food to stores or drugs to pharmacies as such supplies are blocked by the occupier. Most internet providers are still down, and so are ATMs and POS terminals. There is shortage of fuel at gas stations. The evacuation of civilians, primarily children, women, elderlies and people with special needs was arranged from Energodar to Zaporizhzhya.