Chernobyl, Ukraine

After the explosion of the 4th unit of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 a protective shelter was constructed over the wrecked reactor, known as a `sarcophagus`, in order to prevent the spread of further activity. This shelter will not provide a long term security. Therefore the decision was made in 1998 to build a further shelter around the reactor

A further part of the long-term security concept is the retrival of the fuel containing masses. Babcock Noell Nuclear was the leader of a group for developing the relevant concept. At a very early stage in processing the necessity was shown of defining various retrival areas with their own retrival strategies in each case, as the original approach of a unique system could not be realized. Finally for 5 areas retrival concepts were worked out and the demands requested on the new protection shelter were defined.

A further main area of Babcock Noell Nuclear`s work was the conception of a prototype, with which the retrieval of the FCM can be tested and the feasibility proven. The work done by Babcock Noell Nulear serves as the basis for the further work.

Ways for transport of collected FCM

FCM Prototype

Projectteam in front of sarkophagus


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