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The International Energy Agency said there had been ‘no critical impact’ on Chernobyl’s security, following warnings from Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and the Security and Intelligence Service of the country regarding a possible radioactive leak, after the disconnection of the plant from the state electricity network. .
The warnings came in response to reports from Ukrainian energy operator Ukrenergo and state-owned nuclear company Energoatom that Chernobyl’s power supply had been “completely disconnected”, threatening cooling systems that are integral to preventing a “nuclear dump”.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the IAEA said it had been informed by Ukraine that Chernobyl had lost power, but it saw “no critical impact” on the plant’s safety.
“The IAEA asserts that the thermal load of the spent fuel storage pool and the cooling water volume of the #Chernobyl nuclear power plant are sufficient for efficient heat removal without the need for electrical power”, he added.
Ukraine’s foreign minister repeated Energoatom’s warnings, saying Chernobyl had “lost all power” and calling on the international community to demand a Russian “ceasefire” to “allow repair units to restore power.” running “.
“Standby diesel generators have a capacity of 48 hours to supply the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. After that, the spent nuclear fuel storage facility’s cooling systems will shut down, making radiation leakage imminent,” Kuleba said. in a tweet Wednesday.
Ukraine’s Technical Security and Intelligence Service echoed Kuleba’s concerns, warning that “all nuclear facilities” in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone were without electricity and that if the pumps could not be cooled, a “discharge nuclear” could occur.
Neither Kuleba nor the intelligence service indicated whether the diesel generators could be maintained beyond the 48-hour period.
On Tuesday, the IAEA said it had lost contact with remote data transmission from safeguards monitoring systems installed at Chernobyl.
In a statement on Tuesday, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi expressed his willingness to visit Chernobyl and expressed concern for personnel operating the nuclear power plant.