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Russian terrorists attacked the Dnipro hydroelectric power station

The Dnipro HPP in Zaporizhzhia was attacked by Russian occupiers on the night of 22 March 2024. It is the largest hydroelectric power plant in Ukraine.


Attack on the hydroelectric power station

On the night of 22 March, the Russian occupiers launched a missile attack on the Dnipro HPP. It is known that there were two direct hits - at the HPP-1 and HPP-2 power plants.

It was reported online that at the time of the attack, vehicles were moving across the dam. A trolleybus with people on board was hit.

Due to the shelling of Zaporizhzhia, traffic on the road crossing of the Dnipro HPP dam is completely restricted.

Consequences of the attack

The head of Ukrhydroenergo, Ihor Syrota, said that the hydroelectric power station 2 was in critical condition as a result of the shelling. It is not yet known whether it will be possible to restore it. According to him, two missiles hit HPP-2, one of which hit the crane beams and hit the support.

"That is, HPP-2 is in a critical condition, and HPP-1 is also out of operation. That's why we are taking all the measures to, say, raise the gates and release the water, so, unfortunately, we will not be able to process this water through the station," said Siroty.

It is known that one person died as a result of the Russian strike on the DniproHES in Zaporizhzhia.
On 12 March 2024, the Russian occupiers struck a high-rise building in Kryvyi Rih. At 19:43, it became known that more than 30 people were in hospitals, 5 in serious condition. Among the wounded was a child, 5 people died.

During World War II in 1941, DniproHES was shut down. The USSR NKVD blew up the dam after receiving information about a breakthrough by German troops. After the explosion, a hole 175.5 metres long and 21.2 metres high appeared in the dam. A six-metre wave flooded the coastal areas. Thousands of people died as a result of the explosion, but the exact number of victims could not be established.

What we know about Dnipro HPP

Dnipro HPP is the first hydroelectric power plant built on the Dnipro River. It is the largest hydroelectric power plant in Ukraine. It is located in the Dnipro district of Zaporizhzhia.

Construction of the Dnipro HPP began in March 1927, and five years later it was put into operation for the first time, reaching its full capacity by 1939.

The German occupiers partially restored the Dnipro HPP and put it back into operation. In 1943, during their withdrawal, German troops destroyed the engine room, the shield wall and the dam. From 1944 to 1950, restoration work continued.

Construction of the second station, HPP-2, began in 1969. The launch of the plant was gradual, and by 1980, HPP-2 was fully operational.

What is the capacity of DniproHES?

The plant's installed capacity as of January 2022 is 1578.6 MW. There are 10 hydraulic units at Dnipro HPP-1 and eight hydraulic units at Dnipro HPP-2.

It is worth noting that on 31 October 2022, Russian troops attacked Dnipro HPP during a massive attack on Ukraine's energy sector. An enemy missile hit an electrical substation at Dnipro HPP.

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