Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Construction of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant named after Lenin was started in 1970 Еhe first of four unit was launched in 1977. The ChNPP is located at a distance of 2 km from the city of Pripyat, built in parallel with the station, primarily for its employees. The name is associated with the city of Chernobyl, the then district center of the area. As of the beginning of 1986, ChNPP was the most powerful nuclear power plant in the European part of the USSR with an electric capacity of 4,000 MegaWatts. On April 26, 1986, during the design tests of one of the security systems, on energetic block 4 an explosion occurred, that completely destroyed the reactor. The accident occurred at about 1:23. The building of the power unit and the roof of the engine room partially collapsed. During visit of the site of CNPP tourists will get to 300 meters to New Safe Confinement, which now covers the old concrete sarcophagus and reactor No 4.