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That it will cost around Euro 1.54 billion? And that the aim is to reduce the risk of radiation escaping from Chornobyl’s damaged Reactor Number 4?

The “New Safe Confinement Project” at Chornobyl is civil engineering on a massive scale. When I visited Chornobyl recently to mark the start of construction of a store for spent radiological sources (SRS) funded by the UK, I took the opportunity to visit the New Safe Confinement Project.

I won’t go into too much details as you can read all about it here and here; but some key statistics include: the fact that it will be 105m high – equivalent to a 30-storey building and tall enough to slide over the Statue of Liberty, the arch will span 257m, it will be equivalent in length to two football pitches and that it will weigh almost 3 times as much as the Eiffel Tower.

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