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List of Nuclear Power Plants in Ukraine as Russia Attacks Europe’s Biggest Power Plant

As the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine enters its ninth day, Russian forces have entered the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, the site of Europe’s largest nuclear plant after a fire broke out in the area because of Russian shelling. According to Ukrainian authorities, there have been no radiation leaks so far.

The fire in a building was identified as a training center by Ukrainian officials and the fire is now under control.

James M. Acton, a nuclear analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said in his report, “To put it simply, nuclear power plants are not designed for war zones. They become targets in a war that will, in any case, disrupt their operations.”

How many Nuclear power plants are there in Ukraine?

Ukraine has four big nuclear complexes in several parts of the country that host its 15 operational reactors.

There are fears looming around that there could be a potential nuclear disaster at the Zaporizhzhia plant. These alarm bells are signs of worry across the world.

Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video address, “Europeans, please wake up. Tell your politicians – Russian troops are shooting at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine.”

List of Nuclear Reactors in Ukraine

Ukraine operates these four nuclear power plants in the region of Volhynia and South Ukraine with a total power capacity of more than 13 GWe. It ranks at seventh position in the world as of 2020.

Energoatom, a Ukrainian state government company maintains these nuclear power stations. These plants together contribute little over 20% of Ukraine’s energy.

Pic Courtesy: Bloomberg

Ukraine depends on nuclear power for its energy needs. Out of 15, six of Ukraine’s working nuclear reactors have stopped sending power into the country’s electrical grid. This is considered to be a high rate of disconnection compared with routine operations.

Rafael Mariano Grossi, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General, said in an introductory statement, “The situation in Ukraine is unprecedented and I continue to be gravely concerned.

I have called for restraint from all measures or actions that could jeopardize the security of nuclear and other radioactive material, and the safe operation of any nuclear facilities in Ukraine, because any such incident could have severe consequences, aggravating human suffering and causing environmental harm.”

Ukraine’s power sector ranks at the twelfth position in the world in terms of installed capacity, with 54 gigawatts (GW).

Below is the complete list of Nuclear power plants along with their power capacity.

Active plants in Ukraine with power generating capabilities

Name Location Capacity, Mwe
Khmelnytskyi Netishyn 5200
Rivne Varash 2880
South Ukraine Yuzhnoukrainsk 4000
Zaporizhzhia Enerhodar 6000
Total Ukraine 13819*

 

*13819 is the total power capacity as per Wikipedia as the capacity mentioned in the above table for a few plants is still work in progress.

Unfinished and closed plants

Name Location Capacity, MWe
Chernobyl NPP Pripyat 6000
Crimean NPP Shcholkine 3850
Odesa NTEC Teplodar 1880
Kharkiv NTEC Birky 3760
Chyhyryn NPP Orbita 4000
Total Ukraine

 

Research reactors

Name Location Capacity, MWe
Sevastopol University Sevastopol 100
Institute for Nuclear Research NASU Kyiv 10
Kharkiv Institute of Physics and Technology Kharkiv The source of neutrons

 

So, this was the entire list of Nuclear power plants in Ukraine. We really hope to see peace prevail once again.

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Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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