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    A picture shows a general view of the New Safe Confinement (NSC) new metal dome designed and built by French consortium Novarka encasing the destroyed reactor at Chernobyl plant on 10 July 2019, in Chernobyl. - Ukraine and its European partners on July 10 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 European Union has officially handed over to Ukraine a new safe sarcophagus, built over the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant destroyed by an explosion.

    The EU is the main sponsor of the construction of the sarcophagus, transferring €431 million to Ukraine. In the near future, the EU expects the completion of construction of a new safe storage for nuclear fuel.

    A new sarcophagus covered the obsolete old sarcophagus, built after the disaster in 1986, which was supposed to function for 20 to 40 years. The construction of the new one began in 2012.

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