After receiving information about the mining of the Kakhovka HPP in October 2022, the operating organization SE NNEGC Energoatom, at the request of the SNRIU, analyzed the possible impact of the decreasing water level in the Kakhovka Dam on the safe operation of the Zaporizhzhia NPP and developed measures for such a case. This was announced by Oleh Korikov, Acting Chairman of SNRIU, Chief State Inspector for Nuclear and Radiation Safety of Ukraine, during a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management.
“At the SNRIU initiative, in winter, Energoatom developed “The Safety Analysis for Lowering the Water Level of the Kakhovka Dam” and developed “The Measures for Lowering the Water Level of the Kakhovka Dam," said Oleh Korikov.
He stressed that the decrease in the water level of the Kakhovka Dam should not affect the nuclear and radiation safety of Zaporizhzhia NPP, if these measures are implemented and all ZNPP units are in a state of "shutdown".
At the same time, Oleh Korikov underlined that it is difficult to predict the state of nuclear and radiation safety in the conditions of occupation of ZNPP by terrorists with weapons in their hands, presence of unauthorized personnel at the industrial site, as well as difficult to predict further goals and actions of the occupiers.
The Acting Chairman of SNRIU also mentioned that international partners and colleagues, nuclear regulators of the leading countries of the world are being actively informed so that the world community has an appropriate assessment of the situation with nuclear and radiation safety in Ukraine and understands all possible consequences of the continued occupation of the largest NPP in Europe.