Major step in unique engineering project as Chernobyl arch slides into place - photos

Source : 112 Ukraine

New structure shields destroyed reactor 4
19:12, 14 November 2016

A standout amongst the most aggressive undertakings in the historical backdrop of designing passes a noteworthy turning point today as the curve protecting radioactive waste brought about by the 1986 Chernobyl atomic power station mishap has begun sliding into place.

One of the most ambitious projects in the history of engineering passes a major milestone today as the arch shielding radioactive waste caused by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power station accident has started sliding into place.

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The sliding is finished with help of an uncommon slipping framework that comprises of 224 pressure driven jacks to push the curve 60 centimeters every stroke. It is expected that the aggregate slip time will be around 33 hours of continuous operation spread over a time of up to 4 days.

The NSC was built in a spotless territory close reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and will be slid more than 327 meters to close the unit. It will make the site safe and take into account the inevitable disassembling of the maturing cover at present lodging the reactor and the administration of the radioactive waste inside the structure.

Igor Gramotkin, Director General of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, commented: “For us the arch is not just 36.000 tonnes of prefabricated metal. It is 36.000 tonnes of our belief in success, of trust in our site, our people and in Ukraine.”

Related: Ukraine signed an agreement on the construction of dry SNF storage in the Chernobyl zone - Nasalyk

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