New secure confinement (protective sleeve) was introduced over the fourth power unit of Chornobyl nuclear power plant, as Anton Usov, Senior Advisor for External Relations of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development reported on Facebook.
“22 years after organizing Chornobyl Foundation “Shelter”, new secure confinement was introduced and passed to Ukraine,” Usov said.
As it was reported, the international community allocated 1,5 million EUR for implementation of this project, EBRD contributed over 700 million EUR.
Usov added that the new confinement will last for at least 100 years, it will solve the problem of sarcophagus’ dismantling.
“It was another step on the way of conversion of Chornobyl into an environmentally sound area,” the press office of EBRD reported.
The representatives of EBDR added that the project is funded from Chernobyl Foundation “Shelter” and from contributions of 45 states, European Commission and EBDR: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Island, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Great Britain, the U.S., EBRD.
The confinement embraces the fourth power unit, the block damaged in a nuclear accident and temporary house built after the accident. This house still keeps the molten core and around 200 tons of intensely radioactive materials.
“A giant arch was constructed near the accident site from 2010 to 2016 and it was surfing on the damaged reactor. This is the largest moving ground construction ever built,” the message reads.
It was noted that the construction is a very important element of “Shelter” plan worth 2,1 billion EUR, which included completion of infrastructure and security projects, among which are stabilization of an old sanctuary and creation of proper infrastructure for work on Chornobyl site.