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New shelter over ruined reactor of Chernobyl NPP to be commissioned in December

April 26, 14:04 UTC+3 KIEV

The new shelter for the fourth unit was supposed to be completed by 2012-2013, but financial constraints caused repeated delays

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KIEV, April 26. /TASS/. A new shelter housing the ruined fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will be commissioned by the end of this year, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said on Thursday at a ceremony in Chernobyl timed for the 32nd anniversary of the nuclear power plant disaster.

"A new safe confinement is scheduled to be commissioned in December," he said, adding that "this year will see the completion of one of the most important phases of turning the shelter into a safe system."

The new confinement over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s fourth reactor, ruined in the 1986 disaster, houses the older one, built by the end of 1986. The new shelter began to be constructed in 2007 with the original intention of completing it by 2012-2013. Financial constraints caused repeated delays. At the end of 2016 a new confinement was built over the old one and the installation of equipment and testing and tune-up work began. The air-tight membrane installed at the facility on March 15 is expected to maintain radiation safety for 100 years. In the much longer term the old shelter and the reactor’s ruins are to be dismantled.

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