Zaporozhye NPP is located in the city of Energodar, in the now occupied territory of Ukraine. The Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation offered Ukraine to buy electricity generated by the station.
Marat Khusnullin, who visited Melitopol, Zaporozhye region, which is also under the control of the Russian Federation, made a statement about the further operation of the nuclear power plant, quotes INTERFAX.RU:
“If Ukraine is ready to receive and pay, then it will work for them. It will not accept, it will work for Russia. Nuclear power is one of the cheapest types, absolutely competitive. There will be no questions about where to sell electricity.”
He added that the Zaporizhzhya NPP “will work, all jobs have been saved,” and assured that Russia has extensive experience in working with nuclear power plants.
And of course, when visiting Melitopol, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation could not but say about the future of this city:
“The prospect of this city is to work in a Russian family. Therefore, I came here to provide maximum assistance, an opportunity for integration.”
Melitopol is the second most populous city in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine, with about 160,000 people living there. On February 26, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it had been taken under control.
Zaporozhye NPP is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe in terms of installed capacity, located near Melitopol. Taken under the control of the Russian Federation in the beginning of March. Six VVER-1000 power units were built according to the V-320 project. The first was put into operation in December 1984, the sixth – in October 1995.
Ukrenergo ruled out the possibility of supplying electricity from the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant to Russia. Message published on the company’s Facebook page on May 18 in response to a statement by Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Marat Khusnullin that Russia is ready to sell ZNPP electricity to Ukraine, and in case of refusal by Kyiv, it will be supplied to Russia.
Ukrenergo gave arguments why the Russians will not be able to get Ukrainian electricity:
- ZNPP is in the Ukrainian network under the control of Ukrainian specialists;
- the energy system of Ukraine currently has no physical links with the energy system of Russia, so the supply of electricity from Ukrainian power plants to Russia is still physically impossible;
- any change in the situation at the ZNPP will mean an act of nuclear terrorism, and those who create such a threat will bear responsibility for this with all the ensuing consequences.
“The purpose of the statement is obvious: to destabilize active negotiations with EU on opening the export of electricity from Ukraine. But the Russians will not be able to do this. Everyone in the EU understands that the Ukrainian grid is European,” Ukrenergo said.