The arch over the fourth power unit of Chernobyl nuclear power plant promised to finish in November

Арку над четвертым энергоблоком ЧАЭС обещают достроить в ноябре

Protective structure “Arch” over the fourth power Chernobyl nuclear power plant according to the plans should be completed in November 2016. About it in interview according to General Director of ChNPP Igor Gramotkin.

He noted that this is a unique project, the scale of which had not been previously implemented.

“With regard to the projects implemented at the facilities within the framework of international technical assistance, then, of course, chief among them is a new protective structure over the destroyed reactor, the “Arch”. Probably the most unique and difficult project. You need to build a new protective structure, to raise it away from the fourth unit, equip with all the necessary life support systems, and then to push on this unit. No one ever in the world did not move design such a tremendous weight!” said Gramotkin.

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He explained what specifically is being done in the framework of the project.

“In fact, we are now in the final phase of the establishment phase of secure confinement, or “the Arch”, which simultaneously are implementing two very complex project. We constructed the inside of the Shelter end walls, which will be released from the object and provide a sealing Arc, which is pulled low. We are also completing work in the “Arch” installation and facilities infrastructure technology case management systems. According to our plans, in November 2016 we need to push the “Arch” on the fourth unit. After sliding, the “Arch” we will finish the second stage of converting the Shelter into an ecologically safe system and move on to his third stage – the dismantling of unstable structures and extraction of fuel-containing wt”, – said General Director of ChNPP.

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“Today, 10 years later, we were able to unload the reactor from the nuclear fuel, to unload pools, fully release the fuel from the third unit. In the next month we will release the first and second units from damaged nuclear fuel that has been accumulated in the process of operation. In fact, we’ve already taken the status of a nuclear installation of a third unit this year will remove this status from the first and second power units. All our fuel will be placed in the Depository of spent nuclear fuel of wet type. Now at the station are actively dismantling works in the turbine halls, auxiliary equipment. Decommissioned more than 70% of the equipment and systems,” added Gramotkin.

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Earlier, the Minister of ecology and natural resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak stated that the blocks of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (ChNPP) was completely released from nuclear fuel and are in a state that carries significantly fewer risks for the environment.