On Tuesday, 29 November, was completed the process of moving arch, which covers the fourth unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
This is stated in the EBRD Twitter.
«The Chernobyl reactor safely covered 30 years after the disaster in 1986 and the result is an amazing feat of engineers,» the EBRD said.
The new safe confinement was moved to a distance of 327 metres to cover the unit. It is the largest movable structure on land ever built and will protect the radioactive wreckage of the reactor and the «Shelter» object at least in one century.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko after the opening of the shelter said that Chernobyl was built a unique object with a height of 110 meters, a width of 257 meters and a length of 164 meters, which needs 100 years to protect from radiation. He called it a historic event, writes the Ukrainian truth.
«30 years ago in Chernobyl was the worst man-made disaster. 30 years ago hundreds of thousands of the heroes of Chernobyl have done everything to protect the world from nuclear threats. For 260 days of the heroic efforts of a team of 90 thousand Chernobyl was built sarcophagus, which was then designed for exactly 30 years… to protect Kiev, Ukraine and the world from nuclear threats,» he said.
«Compared anyone object that is directly behind me, with the Eiffel tower or the Statue of Liberty? It is, in fact, a unique facility: 110 m tall, 257 m wide, 164 m long. It is the world’s largest movable structure ever built by mankind,» – said Poroshenko.
«Yes, we did,» he said on Twitter.
As the press service of the European Bank for reconstruction and development, EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti and the Director of the contractor company, Novarka , Nicholas Kay welcomed the completion of the construction and installation of the arch of the new safe confinement over the fourth unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which was destroyed during the disaster, 26 April 1986.
«We welcome the completion of this stage of transformation of the ChNPP as a symbol of what we can achieve together through a strong, committed and long-term efforts. We applaud our Ukrainian partners and the contractor, and also thank all the donors of the Chernobyl Shelter Fund, whose contributions have made today’s success possible,» said Chakrabarti.
Also in the EBRD quoted Director of the company Novarka Nicolas Kai.
«We are proud that we were able to take an active part in the answer to this one-of-a-kind technological challenge. The new safe confinement at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is an engineering feat which will provide optimal security conditions for the Ukrainian people for the next 100 years. I would like to take this opportunity to salute the achievements of the team of the joint venture Novarka, created by the large French groups «Bouygues A., and A. Vince,» said Kai.
According to the report, the total cost of the new safe confinement is 1.5 billion euros.
«The construction of the confinement is an essential element of the implementation Plan at Chernobyl, which includes more than 300 programs and activities. The implementation of this plan with a total value of 2.1 billion euros is financed from the Chernobyl Shelter Fund established in 1997 by the international community. The EBRD manages the Fund and is also its largest depositor,» — said the press service of EBRD.
As reported, funds for the construction of a new confinement biliary donor countries of the Chernobyl Fund «Shelter», the Manager of funds is the European Bank for reconstruction and development (EBRD).
After covering the arch of the destroyed unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will begin a new stage of transformation of the Shelter object into ecologically safe system, including dismantling of unstable structures and extraction of radioactive waste and fuel-containing masses.
The fourth unit of Chernobyl covered the new sarcophagus 29.11.2016