Chernobyl nuclear power plant 2# - Ukraine



The Ukraine 2019


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The rods to control the nuclear reaction, on the top of reactor number 3 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (named Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Nuclear Power Plant) is situated in Ukraine, 16 kilometers from the city of Chernobyl, and about 100 kilometers from Kiev. The nuclear power plant consisted of four RBMK-1000 reactors, each capable of producing 1,000 megawatts (MW) of electric power, and the four together produced about 10% of Ukraine's electricity at the time of the disaster. Construction of the plant and the nearby city of Pripyat to house workers and their families began in 1970.
The completion of the first reactor in 1977 was followed by reactor No. 2 in 1978, No. 3 in 1981, and No. 4 in 1983. Two more blocks, numbered five and six, were planned at a site roughly a kilometer from the contiguous buildings of the four older blocks. Reactor No. 5 was around 70% complete at the time of block 4's explosion and was scheduled to come online approximately six months later, on November 7, 1986. In the aftermath of the disaster, the construction on No. 5 and No. 6 were suspended, and eventually canceled in April 1989. Six other reactors were planned on the other side of the river. All 12 reactors would be planned to be running in 2010.
Reactor No. 4 was the site of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. The three other reactors remained operational after the accident but were shut down in 2000. Nuclear clean-up is scheduled for completion in 2065.


From the project "Chernobyl Stories" The Ukraine 2014-2019

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