EU Hands Over Chornobyl New Safe Confinement Enclosure to Ukraine
The new enclosure was built to cover damaged reactor number four
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The new permanent shelter enclosure for the destroyed reactor number four at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant has been formally handed over to Ukraine from the European Union.
The containment shelter is the world’s largest mobile metal structure. The EU Chornobyl Shelter Fund, established by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, was the main contributor to the construction of the enclosure, allocating €431 million for the shelter. The total cost of the New Safe Confinement enclosure is estimated to be €1.5 billion.
“It is hard to overestimate the assistance that Ukraine received from the international community. The facility, which will be put into operation this year, is truly unique. The unique organizational structure of the construction process, the unique experience that all parties have gained. Putting the arch into operation is only the beginning of work related to the transformation of the Shelter into an environmentally safe system,” Chairman of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management, Vitaliy Petruk, said, Ukrinform reported.
A new storage place for spent nuclear fuel is also being built on the grounds of the nuclear power plant.
Since 1991, the EU has spent about €1 billion to help Ukraine in matters of nuclear safety. Brussels has allocated €480 million for bilateral cooperation programs with Kyiv.
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