Title: Giant 100-meter sarcophagus constructed at Chernobyl nuclear plant (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Date: Nov. 28, 2012
The milestone first stage of the new sarcophagus for Chernobyl’s nuclear power station has been completed. The unique construction to safely contain the radioactive emissions of Chernobyl for the next 100 years will be ready by October 2015.
The unprecedented new shelter will be 108m high (equivalent to a 30-story apartment building), 257m wide, and 150m long (almost two football fields). The approximate weight of the structure will be 29,000 tons. [...]
“Construction of the new confinement is the very first stage to reach the main goal – stabilization of the installation inside the installation and extraction of the debris containing nuclear fuel,” Igor Gramotkin, director-general of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant said at a media briefing. [...]
Dr Carlo Mancini, the chairman of the International Advisory Group (IAG), the scientific supervisor of the NSC project, says a nuclear waste site for safely stocking thousands of tonnes of the radioactive debris from Chernobyl is yet to be constructed. [...]
Published: November 28th, 2012 at 10:14 am ET