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EBRD: New Safe Confinement Over Chornobyl NPP's Destroyed Reactor No. 4 Reaches Final Resting Place

EBRD: New Safe Confinement Over Chornobyl NPP's Destroyed Reactor No. 4 Reaches Final Resting Place

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development reports that the New Safe Confinement over damaged reactor No.4 of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant has reached its final resting place.

This is said in a statement by the EBRD in Twitter, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

The statement reads that Chornobyl's reactor No.4 is now finally covered 30 years after the disaster of 1986 as a result of the engineering feat.

Chornobyl's New Safe Confinement (NSC) is the largest moveable land-based structure ever built, with a length of 165 meters, a height of 110 meters, and a total weight of 36,200 tons.

The sliding is done with help of a special skidding system that consists of 224 hydraulic jacks to push the arch 60 centimeters each stroke.

Its construction began in April 2012 after extensive preparatory works on the ground.

Because of its vast dimensions, the structure had to be built in two halves, which were lifted and successfully joined together in 2015.

The arch-shaped structure is fitted with an overhead crane to allow for the future dismantling of the existing shelter and the remains of the reactor No. 4.

The New Safe Confinement has a lifespan of at least 100 years, and it cost EUR 1.5 billion.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the process of sliding the arched structure that covers the Chornobyl nuclear power plant's reactor No. 4 that was destroyed in 1986 began into place began November 14, 2016.

Ukraine started construction of a new shelter (the New Safe Confinement) over the reactor on April 26, 2012.

The explosion of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant's fourth reactor on April 26, 1986 was the worst man-caused disaster in history.

To isolate the damaged reactor, a concrete sarcophagus known as the "Shelter" was built over it in 1986.