Sabotage and Skullduggery: The reality behind supposed Russian assault on nuclear energy plant  The media was abuzz on Friday with studies that Russia had attacked a nuclear energy…  The media was abuzz on Friday with studies that Russia had attacked a nuclear energy plant and that it was on hearth. What actually occurred.

The truth that Russia is claimed to have attacked the Ukrainian nuclear energy in Zaporizhzhya was very exceptional information. The reason being that Russian paratroopers had already taken management of the facility plant on February 28 and have been securing and guarding it ever since. So once I heard in German media that Russia fired on the facility plant, the Russians should have fired on themselves. Is that credible?

As a substitute, Russia studies that Ukrainian saboteurs tried to get onto the facility plant website. Preventing broke out within the course of. By the best way, it was not the facility plant that burned, however a coaching middle on the positioning 500 meters away from the facility plant.

Russian tv has revealed a report [1] on the background of the facility plant, which I’ve translated.

Begin of translation:

Russia controls Zaporizhzhya: Kiev’s nuclear experiment has failed.

Doable causes got for the provocations that neo-Nazis tried to stage on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear energy plant. Citing Ukrainian nuclear officers, it turned recognized that the nuclear experiment in Kiev was terminated after the plant got here underneath Russian management. This includes the conversion of nuclear energy crops constructed throughout Soviet occasions to American gasoline as a substitute of Russian gasoline. This course of was initiated lately underneath stress from the US. And now the issues and threats which have arisen on the nuclear energy crops because of the purely political ambitions of the Ukrainian authorities are certain to come back to gentle. What data would a U.S. firm desire to hide, even when it meant a catastrophe?

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There was the standard sharp condemnation on social media. One may need anticipated a extra emotional response from an organization whose very existence actually is determined by occasions in Ukraine.

“At a time of disaster in Ukraine, the Westinghouse household, like lots of our colleagues, expresses its help for the individuals of Ukraine. We strongly condemn the Russian invasion.”

American nuclear scientists are following developments in Ukraine with explicit curiosity. Ukraine now has 4 nuclear energy crops. There are 15 nuclear reactors. Virtually all of them had been constructed within the Soviet Union for home gasoline cells. In recent times, nonetheless, seven crops have been transformed to Westinghouse Electrical gasoline.

This choice shocked many individuals. In truth, Czech power engineers tried the identical factor earlier: they changed Russian gasoline rods with Westinghouse gasoline in one of many energy crops on a trial foundation. And so they skilled a fiasco.

“Using the gasoline parts needed to be interrupted as a result of the Westinghouse gasoline parts exhibited simultaneous compressive, bending and torsional deformations. The Czechs – for the primary time within the historical past of power – cancelled the gasoline contract and returned to the contracts with Rosatom,” says Boris Martsinkevich, editor-in-chief of the analytical journal Geoenergetika.

Most energy models in Ukraine are powered by VVER-1000 reactors. Their gasoline assemblies are skinny however very lengthy – practically 4 meters – zirconium tubes full of uranium or plutonium. These tubes are assembled into gasoline assemblies of 312 items. They’re equipped by TVEL and Westinghouse. However they don’t seem to be the identical. Even within the primary parameters – mass and measurement.

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It isn’t shocking that the primary try to “set up” Westinghouse within the Ukrainian reactor on the Zaporizhzhya NPP resulted in a failure of the reactor and losses within the quantity of $175 million. Since then, different accidents involving U.S. gasoline have been reported repeatedly.

“When you take, roughly talking, a cartridge and attempt to put it in an M-16 rifle, however it’s a cartridge from our Kalashnikov assault rifle, there isn’t any shot. It’s about the identical factor. When the Individuals got here and stated, “Let’s not purchase Russian, former Soviet, rods,” there was a purely technical query – methods to adapt this factor to manage temperature. They by some means managed to do it,” political analyst Marat Bashirov feedback on the scenario.

And the key phrase right here is “by some means.” How precisely was this work executed? How dependable had been the technical options? No one is aware of. However one would very very similar to to know.

And another query: why did Ukraine want all this? What’s in it for them? Most definitely, nothing. Westinghouse Electrical, one of many largest American producers of nuclear gasoline, is virtually bankrupt. All of its current tasks within the U.S. and China have failed. The Chinese language have sued them for a complete of a number of billion {dollars}. And the Jap European market was Westinghouse’s final probability to outlive. Presumably, it was the chums in Washington, to whom Kiev dare not refuse, who requested for it.

“What is occurring now in Ukraine deprives this firm of the European market. The navy operation will most likely result in these nuclear energy crops abandoning the usage of American assemblies,” says political scientist Marat Bashirov.

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It’s technically potential to rebuild every thing the best way it was and put Russian gasoline rods again into the reactors. Furthermore, consultants imagine that the IAEA would even welcome such a step. Finish of translation

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