Belarus says secure power at Ukraine’s Chernobyl plant

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Belarus has secured the power supply to the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986, authorities in the Belarusian region of Gomel announced, citing their country’s Ministry of Energy.

“The power supply of the Chernobyl power plant has been completely restored,” the ministry said in a statement released on the Gomel Telegram channel.

“Currently, the electricity supply to the plant’s infrastructure is ensured by the Belarusian grid,” he added.

The electrical fluid of the nuclear power plant, located on the border with Belarus and taken over by Russia on February 24, was cut off for the first time last week and restored the following Sunday.

But on Monday, the Ukrainian operator Ukrenergo accused the Russian military of cutting power to the site again.

In the evening, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) tweeted that it received information from Ukraine that “external electrical service” was restored a day after the supply line was cut “by the occupying forces.”

“The staff resumed operations to reconnect the plant to the power grid,” the IAEA said.

Chernobyl’s nuclear reactors remain shut down inside a huge steel and concrete sarcophagus, but they require electricity for safety systems, including cooling for the used nuclear fuel storage site.

However, the IAEA recently said that, given the time that has elapsed since the 1986 accident, “the heat load of the spent fuel storage pool and the volume of cooling water are sufficient to ensure effective heat removal without electricity.” .

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