Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant
|Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Station|
The six units of the Zaporizhia NPP.
Location of Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine
|Official name||Запорізька АЕС|
|Nuclear power station|
|Units operational||6 × 1,000 MWe|
|Make and model||Electrotyazhmash|
|Nameplate capacity||6,000 MWe|
|Annual generation||9×1019 Joule|
The plant is located in Central Ukraine near the city of Enerhodar, on the banks of the Kakhovka Reservoir on the Dnieper river. It has 6 VVER-1000 pressurized light water nuclear reactors, each generating 1000 MWe, for a total power output[clarification needed] of 6,000 MWe. The first five were successively brought online between 1985 and 1989, and the sixth was added in 1995. The plant generates about half of the country's electricity derived from nuclear power, and more than a fifth of total electricity generated in Ukraine.
In May 2014, 40 armed members of the pretending to be representatives of Right Sector allegedly tried to gain access to the power plant area. The men were stopped by the Ukrainian police before entering into Enerhodar. The real intentions of the armed members are unclear as the Right Sector claimed they had, "no plans to storm the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant."
The Zaporizhia power plant is located around 200 km away from the Anti-Terrorist-Operation (ATO) zone, where fighting has become very severe in 2014. On 31 August 2014, a Greenpeace expert, Tobias Münchmeyer, expressed concerns the plant could be hit by heavy artillery from the fighting.
November 2014 accident and resulting rolling blackouts throughout Ukraine
On 3 December 2014, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk announced the occurrence of an accident several days before at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant. The cause of the accident was reported as a short circuit in the power outlet system and was not linked to the site's production. One of the six reactors of the plant was shut down twice in December 2014. This and lack of coal for Ukraine's coal-fired power stations lead to rolling blackouts throughout the country from early till late December 2014.
- Enerhodar Dnipro Powerline Crossing
- List of power stations in Ukraine
- Orders of magnitude (energy)
- Threat of the Dnieper reservoirs
- Zaporozika DRES
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