The International Atomic Energy Agency, which has a permanent presence at the nuclear power plant, estimates that the cooling could continue until the water level reaches about 11 metres, possibly even lower. The nuclear agency had previously stated that there was no immediate danger anyway, because there was enough cooling water for several months. The nuclear facility’s cooling water tank is still completely filled.
However, the International Atomic Energy Agency is concerned about the safety of that tank due to bombing around the plant. The reactors will also be able to use the water network in the nearby town of Enerhudar and the fire brigade can fetch water in emergency situations.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, personnel have been preparing for the possibility of a collapse of the Kachovka Dam since 2011. However, it is “a very difficult and unpredictable nuclear safety situation”. The plant has already taken measures to reduce water use.
The nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, the largest in Europe, was captured at the start of the Russian invasion. Regular bombings occur in the area, which has repeatedly caused problems with the power supply of the nuclear complex. External power is required for nuclear power plant reactor cooling and other safety functions.
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