History

1986
26 April: Explosion of reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
April - October: Construction of a sarcophagus as a temporary measure

1995
Decommissioning and physical protection works begin
December: G7/EU and Ukraine sign Memorandum of Understanding; EBRD Nuclear Safety
Account extended to include the decommissioning of Chernobyl reactors 1-3

1997
May: G7/EU and Ukraine agreement on the Shelter Implementation Plan (SIP)
September: Establishment of the Chernobyl Shelter Fund (CSF) at the EBRD
November: First pledging event in New York
December: CSF becomes operational

1998
Year-end: Implementation of first projects: Project Management Unit formed by Bechtel, EDF
and Batelle installed and first engineering tasks signed; SIP implementation begins

2000
May: Second pledging event in Berlin
Year-end: Ukraine shuts down last operating Chernobyl reactor (unit 3)

2001
April: Decision in principle on New Safe Confinement (NSC)

2004
Start of biomedical protection and screening programmes for workers in Chernobyl
Year-end: Shelter stabilisation works begin

2006
December: Stabilisation of Western wall structures in place

2007
7 August: Ukraine and EBRD sign grant agreement for NSC
17 September: Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant signs contract for NSC and completion of Interim
Storage Facility 2

2008
80 per cent of roof load of Chernobyl Shelter to external support structure
Beginning of site clearance (future assembly area for NSC)

2009
Concept Design Safety Document (key licensing documents) approved

2010
Piling for NSC foundations begins
Approval of ISF2 design

New Safe Confinement and Spent Fuel Storage Facilit

New Safe Confinement and Interim Storage Facility

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).