The world's largest moveable land-based facility, a new Safe Confinement Sarcophagus, has been slid over a distance of 327 meters to its final resting place, having safely enclosed the damaged fourth Chornobyl nuclear reactor 30 years after the disaster, UNIAN.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, one of the donors of the project, tweeted on Tuesday, November 29: "Chernobyl reactor 4 is now safely enclosed 30 years after 1986 disaster and at end of an amazing engineering feat."
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said at an official ceremony to mark the safeguarding of the site: "This is the largest movable structure. A pool of 28 countries have raised over EUR 1.417 billion. Forty countries have taken part in the construction… I'd like to congratulate you all. Yes – we did it!"
In his words, this large-scale construction was amid war.
The total cost of the new safety shield is EUR 1.5 billion. The arch is more than 350 feet high and 500 feet long. It weighs 36,000 tonnes.
It is 3.5 times heavier than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, and can hide the New-York-based Statue of Liberty.
The arch is designed to create a leak-tight barrier to contain radioactive substances for at least the next 100 years.