Zaporizhzhia NPP unit to be put in hot shutdown- IAEA
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The personnel of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is being occupied by Russia, are preparing to transfer one of the power units from cold shutdown to so-called hot shutdown, the UN’s nuclear watchdog’s report published on Wednesday reads.

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According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), after the nuclear plant’s unit 4 is put in‘hot shutdown mode, unit 5 will be put to cold shutdown for preventive maintenance.

The other units of the Zaporizhzhia plant are to remain in cold shutdown mode as before.

To maintain safety, in particular the treatment of liquid radioactive waste, the plant uses steam generated by one of the power units that is in hot shutdown.

The IAEA also reported that no explosives had been found on the territory of the Zaporizhzhia NPP, although its experts could not access all the premises.

"IAEA experts have in recent days continued to inspect parts of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya NPP – without seeing any mines or explosives – but are still waiting to gain the necessary access to the rooftops of reactor units 3 and 4 following recent reports that explosives may have been placed there," the report reads.

The IAEA also said the two main bodies of water of the nuclear plant had been relatively stable, with the water level "decreasing by 1-2 centimetres per day due to usage and evaporation".

"The site continues to have sufficient water for some months," it added.

Last month, Ukraine warned Russia has mined the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in southeastern Ukraine, which is the largest in Europe and among the 10 largest in the world.