New Safe Confinement completes final commissioning test

07 May 2019

The New Safe Confinement at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant has successfully completed its final commissioning test recently.

The New Safe Confinement will protect the environment from further releases of radioactive materials and enable the long-term safe and secure deconstruction of the old shelter and the destroyed reactor, as well as the removal of the radioactive inventory.

This milestone is the culmination of over a decade‘s work on the New Safe Confinement, implemented through the EBRD’s Chernobyl Shelter Fund. Supported by over 45 donor nations as well as funds from the EBRD in excess of a total cost of €2.1 B, the New Safe Confinement project at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant represents the largest international collaboration ever in the field of nuclear safety.

The New Safe Confinement is part of the Shelter Implementation Plan to transform Chernobyl into an environmentally safe and secure environment. The EBRD to date has provided €715 M of its own resources to support Chernobyl projects including the New Safe Confinement.

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