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The largest moveable land-based structure ever built!

30 November 2016

A ceremony at Chernobyl marked the successful end of the sliding operation, the site’s giant New Safe Confinement (NSC) was moved over a distance of 327m.

Image courtesy of EBRD

This sliding operation is a key milestone before the completion of the international program to transform Chernobyl into an environmentally safe and secure state by November 2017.

Moving 327m from its assembly point to its final resting place, the NSC completely encloses a previous makeshift shelter that was quickly assembled after the accident in 1986.

The Chernobyl arch is the largest moveable land-based structure ever built, with a span of 257m, a length of 162m, a height of 108m and a total weight of 36,000 tonnes equipped. It will make the accident site safe and with a lifetime of 100 years allow for the eventual dismantling of the ageing makeshift shelter from 1986 and the management of the radioactive waste.

Works started in 2010. With a cost of €1.5 billion the giant structure is the most prominent element of the Shelter Implementation Plan for Chernobyl, which involved more than 300 projects and activities.

Information and video courtesy of EBRD/Novarka.

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