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Ukraine: New sarcophagus encasing Chernobyl nuclear power plant unveiled

Ukraine, Chernobyl
July 10, 2019 at 23:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

A new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at Chernobyl was unveiled on Tuesday.

The mobile sarcophagus is designed to prevent further radioactive material leaking out over the next century. It measures a colossal 275m (900ft) wide and 108m (354ft) tall.

The EU-funded project cost a total of €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion), with Ukraine responsible for maintaining the new shield.

The old shield - which Ukraine will dismantle - was built in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster in 1986 and had a operational lifespan of 20-40 years.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke at the official inauguration ceremony, where he also announced plans to introduce a tourist zone around Chernobyl.

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A new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at Chernobyl was unveiled on Tuesday.

The mobile sarcophagus is designed to prevent further radioactive material leaking out over the next century. It measures a colossal 275m (900ft) wide and 108m (354ft) tall.

The EU-funded project cost a total of €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion), with Ukraine responsible for maintaining the new shield.

The old shield - which Ukraine will dismantle - was built in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster in 1986 and had a operational lifespan of 20-40 years.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke at the official inauguration ceremony, where he also announced plans to introduce a tourist zone around Chernobyl.

W/S New sarcophagus encasing Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine

W/S New sarcophagus

W/S New sarcophagus

W/S New sarcophagus from inside

W/S New sarcophagus from inside

W/S New sarcophagus from inside

W/S Control centre

M/S Control centre

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M/S Control centre

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M/S Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

C/U Symbolic keys

W/S Handover ceremony of sarcophagus

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