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The potential restart of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during war in Ukraine: a new report by Bellona

Vilnius, Lithuania – A new report by the nuclear advisors of The Bellona Environmental Transparency Center (ETC) examines preparations of the Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom for the restart of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) during war in Ukraine. The recent statements from Russian officials and the activities of Russia’s technical oversight agency within Ukraine indicate that Russia might move to restart at least one of the reactor units sometime this year. The new report by ETC is available for download on the Bellona’s website.

On July 3rd from 12:00 to 13:30 (GMT+3) the nuclear advisors of The Bellona ETC will host an online event to present a new report on the potential restart of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant by Russia during war in Ukraine and potential risks associated with it. Register to get access to the YouTube-link and the report. Ask questions during the QA session. Languages of the event: English and Russian. Simultaneous translation will be provided.

To restart the ZNPP, several conditions would have to be met, which Bellona experts will explain during the event. Each of the scenarios carries certain risks.  “We can see from satellite images that preparatory work is underway at the station, therefore, we will have something to show journalists during the presentation”, explains Bellona’s nuclear advisor Dmitry Gorchakov. Earlier, organization issued another report on potential nuclear risks at the ZNPP, where various nuclear accident scenarios were simulated.


Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, the largest nuclear power plant in Europe with six nuclear reactors, was seized by the Russian Federation in March 2022 after Moscow invaded Ukraine and has been subjected to regular shelling since then. Russian troops are stationed on the territory of the station, and the station staff has been held essentially hostage.

You can find more detailed information about our experts in a special section on the Bellona website: https://etc.bellona.org/team/

For inquiries please contact:

Nikita Petrov, Communication advisor: nikita@bellona.org

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