Laying of the foundation for a new sarcophagus over the destroyed fourth reactor of  Chornobyl NPP has begun. The builders need to drive the first 12 piles.

Since 1992, active work has been proceeding on transformation of the Shelter facility, built in 1986, into an environmentally safe system. According to the conceptual design, the construction, which is called a New Safe Confinement, will be built in the form of an arch with a height of 108 meters and a length of 150 meters over the existing sarcophagus.

The technology building will include units for decontamination, fragmentation, packaging, sanitation, workshops and other technological facilities.

The sarcophagus will be equipped with modern systems of radiation safety control. To ensure dismantling of unstable structures, crane equipment will be assembled. The new facility is designed for 100 years of operation.

The station is finishing unloading fuel from the third unit, which began on January 22. This is a prerequisite for implementation of projects related to construction of a New Safe Confinement.

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