No radiation: Chornobyl confinement 'completed and ready for activation' - RFE/RL

18:07 Nov. 10, 2016

Chornobyl confinement 'completed and ready for activation' - RFE/RL

Constructors work on the roof of the new confinement under construction, a chimney over the 4th destroyed reactor

The biggest covering in the world will save the world from the radiation

The building of a new safe confinement which is to cover the old sarcophagus over the Chornobyl atomic power station's fourth unit ruined during 1986 nuclear disaster, RFE/RL reports.

The covering system mechanism is under final check-ups, and the covering may be started approximately mid-November and will be last for several days.

Before the new arc is above the sarcophagus, the press is now allowed to see it, in order to prevent it from impeding the inspections.

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After 3-4 days of the process, the new confinement will cover the 4th power unit, regime director Yevgen Katunin told the agency.

The new safe confinement is approximately 109 metres high and 250 metres wide and 150 metres long. Produced by a French company Novarka, it is now considered the biggest moving structure in the world.

The money for the structure was raised by several donor states. The confinement will prevent emissions of radioactive dust into the environment and also block moisture from penetrating inside the ruined reactor.

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