Ukraine wants large amount of equipment for its nuclear power plants, says IAEA

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A view shows a damaged building in the compound of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, in this photo released March 17 2022. National Nuclear Energy Generating Company News Service Energoatom/Handout via Reuters

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April 23 (Reuters) – Ukraine has asked the International Atomic Energy Agency for “a full list of equipment” it needs to operate nuclear power plants during the war with Russia, the director said on Saturday. IAEA General Rafael Grossi.

This includes radiation measuring devices, protective gear, IT support, power supply systems and diesel generators, it said in a statement.

“We will coordinate the implementation of the assistance that the IAEA and its member states will provide, including delivering the required equipment directly to Ukrainian nuclear sites,” he said.

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“The needs are great and I am very grateful for the tremendous support our Member States have already indicated they will make available.”

Ukraine has 15 operational reactors at four power plants, seven of which are currently connected to the grid, including two at the Zaporizhzhia facility which is currently controlled by Russia.

Grossi said the IAEA was still not receiving remote data transmission from its monitoring systems installed at the former Chernobyl plant.

Next week, Rossi is due to visit the power station, which Russian forces occupied shortly after invading Ukraine but left on March 31. He said he would hand over radiation monitoring equipment as well as personal protective equipment.

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Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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