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Inside new £1,300,000,000 structure built over destroyed Chernobyl nuclear reactor

The structure itself cost £1.5 billion and the entire shelter project cost £2.2 billion (Picture: Getty)

The structure itself cost £1.5 billion and the entire shelter project cost £2.2 billion (Picture: Getty)

A new structure built to confine the Chernobyl reactor at the centre of the worlds worst nuclear disaster was previewed for the media yesterday.

Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded and burned April 26, 1986.

The complex construction effort to secure the molten reactors core and 200 tons of highly radioactive material has taken nine years to complete under the control of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The structure itself cost £1.5 billion and the entire shelter project cost £2.2 billion.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development managed a fund with contributions from 45 countries, the European Union and £715 million in the banks own resources.

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: The 'New Safe Confinement' at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

A new structure built to confine the Chernobyl reactor at the centre of the worlds worst nuclear disaster was previewed for the media yesterday (Picture: Getty)

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, seen from a bus, on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine exploded and burned April 26, 1986 (Picture: Getty)

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: Power lines at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

The complex construction effort to secure the molten reactors core and 200 tons of highly radioactive material has taken nine years (Picture: Getty)

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

It was completed under the control of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (Picture: Getty)

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: A worker at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explains a model of the exploded reactor number four on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development managed a fund with contributions (Picture: Getty)

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: A view inside the 'New Safe Confinement' of the old sarcophagus entombing the destroyed reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Contributions came from 45 countries, the European Union and £715 million in the banks own resources (Picture: Getty)

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: Inside the control room for the 'New Safe Confinement' at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

Inside the control room for the New Safe Confinement at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (Picture: Getty)

The shelter is the largest movable land-based structure ever built, with a span of 257 meters (843 feet) and a total weight of over 36,000 tonnes.

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This was a very long project, said Balthasar Lindauer, director of the banks Nuclear Safety Department.

He noted that preliminary studies began in 1998 and the contract for the structure was placed in 2007.

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: Workers at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

The shelter is the largest movable land-based structure ever built, with a span of 257 meters (843 feet) and a total weight of over 36,000 tonnes (Picture: Getty)

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: Workers at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

This was a very long project, said Balthasar Lindauer, director of the banks Nuclear Safety Department (Picture: Getty)

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: A worker inside the 'New Safe Confinement' which contains the old sarcophagus entombing the destroyed reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment and eventually allow its dismantling; the Ukrainian government will soon be taking control of the new confinement structure. The power station's reactor number four exploded in April 1986, showering radiation over the local area, nearby regions of Belarus, and other portions of Europe. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

He noted that preliminary studies began in 1998 and the contract for the structure was placed in 2007 (Picture: Getty)

PRIPYAT, UKRAINE - JULY 2: A view inside the 'New Safe Confinement' of the old sarcophagus entombing the destroyed reactor number four at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on July 2, 2019 in Pripyat, Ukraine. In November 2016, the 'New Safe Confinement' structure was shifted into place to prevent the decaying reactor from further contaminating the environment a</br><a href=https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/03/inside-new-1300000000-structure-built-destroyed-chernobyl-nuclear-reactor-10106545/><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a></p> 

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