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2012.11.25 First half - first lift
2013.06.12 First half - second lift
2013.09.15 First half - third lift
2013.10.31 Dismantling of the old ventilation stack
2013.11.08 Second half - assembly starting
2014.04.01 First half - first skidding operation
2014.04.26 Second half - first lift
2014.08.02 Second half - second lift
2014.10.24 Second half - third lift
2014.11.26 Two halves merging operation
2015.11.27 First bridge crane is lifted
2016.04.01 Second bridge crane is lifted
2016.09.03 Installation of the ventilation stack
2016.11.14 Arch is moved over the destroyed reactor

2017.11.?? Project is completed

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Basically, it's the new sarcophagus that is being built around Chernobyl's destroyed reactor unit. This project is very interesting for two things. First, it's massive, as will show numbers below. Second, the way they're going to build it. They'll assemble the massive structure on a special site, and then move it. HD video presentation of the project, that explains everything perfectly :


A few numbers about the NSC :

- Height : 108 metres (354.3 ft)
- Span : 270 metres (885.8 ft)
- Length : 162 metres (531.5 ft)
- Weight : 30 000 metric tons (3 Eiffel Tower)

Work started around 2010. Completion is expected to be in 2015, even though the project already suffered many, many delays.



Wikipedia's article about the NSC.
 

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Seems awfully complicated. Thanks for posting.
 

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What is the intent of this structure?
There is a vast amount of radioactive dust still within the ruined reactor. The current sarcophagus is crumbling and was generally fairly poorly constructed. The roof structure that the sarcophagus was built on is unstable and might collapse, which could lead to a massive cloud of lightweight radioactive dust being thrown into the air and being swept across Europe.

The idea behind this shelter is to contain the dust if the current sarcophagus does collapse. It's all about risk minimisation in a worst case scenario.


What a waste of money. This is 25 years too late.

They should just nuke the entire site and be done with it.
Wow... Talk about epic troll.
 

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Currently, there are more than a thousand tons of steal on site, and they started assembling it sometime near the end of spring 2012. They are working on "central" pieces, and they will set up the "lifting towers" in the near future, since they'll be needed soon.

I found an article on the ChNPP journal, sadly it seems to be in ukrainian, and I haven't been able to translate it, so if anyone wants to help, thanks a lot.

Two pics of the site. In the second, you can see the new ventilation stack which was finished earlier this year.
 

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That article says that the construction of the new sarcophagus will commence on April 24. It's to be completed in 2015. Cost of the project is a billion euros. The sarcophagus will remain fully functional until at least March 2nd, 2115, but possibly longer. It also mentioned that in March of this year 149 tons of Italian steel constructions have been delivered via railroads to Chornobyl.
 
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That article says that the construction of the new sarcophagus will commence on April 24. It's to be completed in 2015. Cost of the project is a billion euros. The sarcophagus will remain fully functional until at least March 2nd, 2115, but possibly longer. It also mentioned that in March of this year 149 tons of Italian steel constructions have been delivered via railroads to Chornobyl.
Thanks a lot. If you have time to spare, a new article has been published. It seems to be going on nicely.
 

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Is it not safe to travel there?
I have been to Pripyat & Chernobyl in 2010, and I am not glowing green. Even spent the night in Chernobyl town (a few thousand people still work in the area and Chernobyl town is considered pretty safe, the winds did not blow that much fallout there, but I can say the 1 hotel there kinda sucks and you are not allowed to leave the property at night)

Photos are here: http://www.pixelmap.com/sl_chernobyl.html


Inside Pripyat Hospital


The famous ferris wheel at Chernobyl


Inside the abandoned Pripyat school


Inside a Soviet-era swimming facility at Pripyat


Pripyat town center


of course there is radiation! just don't stand here and absorb it for more than a minute

Inside one of the cooling towers that stand unfinished


Piles of Soviet politician portraits that were prepared for the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union celebration


Abandoned boats used during the Chernobyl accident response and clean up, no longer usable due to contamination
 
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