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26 April 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant when reactor 4 exploded. Since then Ukraine and the international community have been working continuously on overcoming the legacy of the accident and converting Chernobyl into a safe and secure site.  Today two major technical tasks remain:

  • The first is to make the destroyed unit 4 environmentally safe.
  • The second is to safely and securely store the spent nuclear fuel from reactors 1 – 3.

A new confinement and storage facility is helping to secure the site of the 1986 accident

Key technical facts
Arch span: 257m
Height: 105m (equivalent to a 30 storey-building or big enough to house the Statue of Liberty)
Length covered: 150m (almost two football pitches)...

Video of the New Safe Confinement

3D New Safe Confinement animation by kind permission of Novarka
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The EBRD acts as administrator of and a contributor to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund, which was established in December 1997 by the G7 and other contributing countries to help Ukraine transform the existing Chernobyl Shelter into a safe and environmentally stable system under the Chernobyl Shelter Implementation Plan (SIP).