Chernobyl’s New Safe Confinement (NSC) is a massive construction project that started in 2010 to contain the existing Chernobyl containment structure.
When completed, the New Safe Confinement will prevent the release of contaminated material from the present nuclear plant shelter and at the same time protect the structure from external impacts such as tornados, etc.
The New Safe Confinement will have a height of 110 meters, will be 165 meters long, and have a span of 260 meters and a lifetime of a minimum of 100 years.
It will also provide a safe working environment and heavy duty cranes for future dismantling and waste management on the site.
The arch-shaped structure will weigh more than 30,000 tons. Its frame is a huge lattice construction of tubular steel members built on two longitudinal concrete beams. A Novarka consortium led by the French construction companies Bouygues and Vinci was awarded the contract for the design and construction in 2007.
The project is scheduled for completion in 2015.
These pictures show the progress of the construction. They were taken this fall by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
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It looks like the second half of the arch is underway, even as preparations for sliding the first to the waiting area are being made. Note the absence of the lifting cranes that were originally placed along - and into - the sides of the first half. Good progress, but the summer of 2015 is looking more and more infeasible. We shall see. Many thanks for these amazing photos..
Very happy to see an international effort to solve this problem. I wish everyone good luck and success with this project.