AFP-JijiCHERNOBYL, Ukraine (AFP-Jiji) — Ukraine and its European partners on Wednesday formally inaugurated a new metal dome encasing the destroyed reactor at the infamous Chernobyl plant, wrapping up a two-decade effort.
Branded as the world’s largest moveable metal structure, the so-called New Safe Confinement seals the remains of the fourth reactor at the nuclear plant that was the site of the massive Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
The €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) structure was paid for via a special fund launched by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and sponsored by 45 countries.
Its gigantic 108-meter-high dome could cover the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and weighs 36,000 tons.
“Today we get the keys to the construction that was created by joint efforts of dozens of countries to protect the entire planet and humanity from radioactive contamination,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said at the ceremony.Speech