The New Safe Confinement (sarcophagus), constructed atop the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s reactor number four was handed over to Ukraine on July 10. The reactor exploded on April 26, 1986, which resulted in large-scale radioactive contamination. The nuclear power plant was shut down in 2000.
The construction of the new sarcophagus began in 2012. Due to its impressive size, the structure consists of two parts that were connected in 2015.
The new confinement is expected to last 100 years. The sarcophagus has been operating in test mode since April 2019. In case of successful test operation, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant will obtain a license and the confinement will operate in full mode. At the same time, the old structure and the remains of the power unit may be dismantled.
The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of donor countries who are contributors to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund , the EBRD, the State Agency of Ukraine on the Exclusion Zone Management, the Ministry of Ecology, and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.