Arch lifted for Chernobyl new safe confinement

26 November 2012

Part of the East Arch that will make up the 120 meter high new safe confinement at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine has been lifted into place. The 5300 tonne structure was lifted to a height of 22 meters on 23 November, Chernobyl NPP announced.

Chernobyl NPP described the installation as ‘another important achievement’ in construction the New Safe Confinement. It noted that a great deal of preparatory work was implemented prior to the first lifting of the arch, including cleaning up construction debris, building the foundations for the arch, lifting towers and the erection area platforms.

The construction is being sponsored by several countries and will be supervised by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The new safe confinement is expected to be completed by October 2015.

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