According to Reuters, Russian President Vladimir Putin was scheduled to sign, on Wednesday, a decree ordering the Russian authorities to take control of the nuclear power plant in Enerhodar in the Zaporizhia region of Ukraine. The decree states that the production of the power plant is now “the property of the Russian Federation”.
Ukrainian staff had to alert the IAEA that preparations were underway to commission one of the six units. To date, the reactors have been decommissioned, incl. For the danger of shelling and irregularity of external electric current, which is necessary in case of emergency.
Russia appoints companies to manage power plant
Putin’s decision provides for the creation of a unified state company “Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant” and a joint-stock company of the same name. The latter is a guarantee of the operation of the power plant.
In turn, Interfax Ukraine reported that the joint-stock company “Operating Organization of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant” is registered in the Russian Unified State Register of Legal Persons on October 3 at the Moscow address. Its capital is 2 billion rubles.
The Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation “Rosatom” owns 100 percent of the shares in the management company.
What’s more, according to Interfax-Ukraine, Rosenergoatom, which through Rosatom’s subsidiary Atomenergoprom, has announced the appointment of the head of a new company that will operate the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Energoda.
“The company will be led by the former chief engineer of the Balakovo Nuclear Power Plant Oleg Romanenko,” the company said in a statement.
Hot Wednesday at the power plant in Enerhodara
The situation at the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant is currently unclear. The plant has been controlled by the Russians since February, but so far it is run by Ukrainian employees.
But on Saturday the Russians kidnapped the director of the gym, Ihor Morazov, who was arrested and taken to an unknown destination.
And the International Atomic Energy Agency announced, on Wednesday, his dismissal, but he is in Russia with his family and will not return to operate the station.
The agency also issued a statement in the evening, saying that “preparations are underway to start operating the fifth unit with a reduced capacity to produce steam and heat for the station.”
At the same time, the Ukrainian state-owned company Enerhoatom, which operates nuclear power plants, issued a statement announcing that the tasks of the director of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodara were taken over by the head of the Petro Kotin in question. . According to Enerhoatom, he will manage the plant in Kyiv, where Enerhoatom is headquartered.
In addition, on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree invalidating actions adopted in the Russian Federation that violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Hirashenko: A necessary security zone
A representative of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, Anton Hyrashchenko, wrote on Twitter that the seizure of the Ukrainian nuclear power plant in Enerodara would be handled by a specially created Russian company.
At the same time, he called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to urgently establish a safety zone around the station.
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