IAEA / UKRAINE NOVA KAKHOVKA DAM

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After the Nova Kakhovka dam was severely damaged leading to a significant reduction in the level of the reservoir used to supply cooling water to the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, said that the agency’s “current assessment is that there is no immediate risk to the safety of the plant.” IAEA

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DATELINE: 06 JUNE 2023, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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1.Wide shot, exterior, IAEA exteriors

06 JUNE 2023, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Grossi, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Today the Nova Kakhovka dam was severely damaged leading to a significant reduction in the level of the reservoir used to supply cooling water to the ZNPP.”

RECENT, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

3. Wide shot, meeting room

06 JUNE 2023, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Grossi, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Absence of cooling water in the essential cooling water systems for an extended period of time would cause fuel melt and inoperability of the emergency diesel generators. However, our current assessment is that there is no immediate risk to the safety of the plant.”

RECENT, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

5. Wide shot, meeting room

06 JUNE 2023, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Grossi, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“The main line of cooling water is fed from the reservoir and pumped up through channels near the thermal power plant to the site. It is estimated that the water through this route should last for a few days.”

RECENT, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

7. Wide shot, meeting room

06 JUNE 2023, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Grossi, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“There are a number of alternative sources of water. A main one is the large cooling pond next to the site that by design is kept above the height of the reservoir. As the reactors have been shut down for many months it is estimated that this pond will be sufficient to provide water for cooling for some months. The Agency will confirm this very shortly. It is therefore vital that this cooling pond remains intact. Nothing must be done to potentially undermine its integrity.”

RECENT, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

9. Wide shot, meeting room

06 JUNE 2023, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Rafael Grossi, Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“I call on all sides to ensure nothing is done to undermine that. My trip to ZNPP next week was planned and now it is essential. I will go.”

RECENT, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

11. Wide shot, meeting room

STORYLINE:

After the Nova Kakhovka dam was severely damaged leading to a significant reduction in the level of the reservoir used to supply cooling water to the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, said that the agency’s “current assessment is that there is no immediate risk to the safety of the plant.”

Briefing IAEA’s Board of Governors on Tuesday (6 June) in Vienna, Grossi explained that “absence of cooling water in the essential cooling water systems for an extended period of time would cause fuel melt and inoperability of the emergency diesel generators."

According to him, “the main line of cooling water is fed from the reservoir and pumped up through channels near the thermal power plant to the site” and “it is estimated that the water through this route should last for a few days.”

The agency’s chief also informed that there are a number of alternative sources of water. A main one, Grossi explained, is the large cooling pond next to the site that by design is kept above the height of the reservoir.

The Director-General added, “As the reactors have been shut down for many months it is estimated that this pond will be sufficient to provide water for cooling for some months. The Agency will confirm this very shortly. It is therefore vital that this cooling pond remains intact. Nothing must be done to potentially undermine its integrity.”

Grossi concluded by calling “on all sides to ensure nothing is done to undermine that” and confirmed that his trip to the plant next week will still happen and “now it is essential."
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