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The Kahovka reservoir is no longer able to supply water for cooling the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (NPP) reactors, the head of the Ukrainian hydropower company “Ukrhidroenerho” Ihor Sirota said on Thursday, June 8.

Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine
Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine Photo: IAEA/via REUTERS

The Kahovka reservoir is no longer able to supply water for cooling the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant (NPP) reactors, the head of the Ukrainian hydropower company “Ukrhidroenerho” Ihor Sirota said on Thursday, June 8.

The water level in the reservoir has fallen below the critical 12.7 meter mark, the official said.

This means that the reservoir will no longer be able to provide water to the “Zaporizhya NPP ponds for power plant cooling,” Sirota explained on Ukrainian television.

Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said this week that it would be impossible to pump water if the level fell below the 12.7 meter mark.

Cooling ponds at NPPs and elsewhere can be used for some time to cool reactors and spent fuel tanks in reactor buildings, Grossi said.

In addition, a large cooling pond next to the facility “is currently full and stocked enough to power the plant for several months as its six reactors are in shutdown mode,” Grossi said.

It is therefore vital that the cooling pond remains undamaged. I call on all parties to ensure that this is not jeopardized when meeting with the IAEA board, said Grossi.

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