26 Abandoned Crimean NPP

Abandoned Crimean NPP

Posted on July 5, 2011 by team

The construction of the Crimean Nuclear Power Plant was started many years ago, in far 1975. Then, the state spent millions of Soviet rubles on it (according to some sources, even billions). But when the plant was almost finished in 1989, it was decided to stop its construction. Why? Because the memories of the recent disaster at Chernobyl were still very fresh. Besides, a new political situation, the views of environmentalists and many other factors played their role as well.

Now this abandoned facility is included in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most expensive nuclear reactor which remained unfinished. Imagine the scale – it had to provide the entire Crimea with electricity. Let’s have a walk around its ruins and look at the process of its dismantling.

Approaching the plant. An administrative building and an observation tower.

Broken bricks and chips of concrete are everywhere. In the background are the first power unit and an engineering building.

A close-up of the engineering building. Satellite dishes hint that there are people inside.

And these are the first unit and a unique giant crane which is now used not for building but for dismantling.

Some interesting facts. During the construction of the first reactor, a unique polar crane “Danish Kroll K-10000″ was used. That crane served for lifting and assembling operations inside the reactor building. It was the highest crane in Europe. In 2003, the State Property Fund sold it for 310.000 hryvnia while its starting price was 440.000. It would cost more even if it was sold for scrap metal…

Before being dismantled, the crane had been used for base jumping. Jumps were made from the lower (80 m) and upper (120 m) crane booms. Today another crane is installed here. It’s very similar to the previous one but quite smaller. It’s used for dismantling only. You can estimate its size looking at a tiny car at its bottom.

Powerful machinery looks toy against a background of the concrete monster.

The reactor building. The thickness of the walls is quite impressive.

A transport corridor of the power unit.

The entrance to the reactor zone. Metal is as thick as an arm.

The sounds of metal cutting tools are heard inside the reactor.

Sometime, here was the reactor… The view from the lower corridor. Do you see the ends of cooling pipes?

A bolt found nearby. The almost complete absence of corrosion is surprising. Only the oxidized surface.

Let’s come back to the crane.

Its cabin.

Rollers. Below each pair is a narrow-gauge.

Pipes are cut like a sausage.

One of the pipes is used as workers’ shelter.

A lot of machinery.

And this junk seems to have been standing here for quite a while.

Cylinders here are like replaceable batteries for a TV remote control.

A destroyed external transition from the engineering building to the power unit.

That what is left after the work of “metalworkers”.

The results of intensive breaking.

The landscape reminds of a burnt by Nazis Belorussian village with its furnace chimneys.

The panorama of the ground in front of the engineering building. Everything has already been dismantled here.

The panorama of the ground where metal cutting is carried out.

Location: the Crimean Nuclear Power Plant

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26 Responses to “Abandoned Crimean NPP”

  1. testicules says:

    Wow! A nuclear power plant, heavy equipment, and abandoned. We have hit the ER trifecta

  2. Boritz says:

    It appears that here is problem more easily solved by suitable application of high explosives.

  3. ZeroDrop says:

    Such a tremendous waste of money. They should have finished it and put it in operation.

    • SMERSH says:

      I think Chernobyl demonstrated the flaw in it’s design. No containment vessel like the reactors built in the West.

  4. testicules says:

    This would have made a great aquatic center.

  5. Peteris says:

    Even better, turn it in to an amusementpark like this one in Kalkar, Germany

    • jeff pigden says:

      I was thinking Diggerland in England … for 1 euro you can drive the bulldozer & smash a wall!

  6. Musa says:

    What a mess, sell it to the Gypsies.

  7. marxistworker says:

    Peaceful, gloomy atmosphere/skies. Good place to meditate on all that was lost.

    • SMERSH says:

      What was lost? A corrupt nation based on lies, run by gangsters? Oh yes. Such a loss. Every living thing on planet Earth is fortunate that this engineering debacle never came on line and all the people of the world are fortunate that the regime that built it is an artifact of history.

  8. Wraith says:

    Why was it abandoned? Were they going to use the Chernobyl type RBMK reactors?

  9. (r)evolutionist says:

    Gray skies; gray Earth…

  10. Gerry says:

    Don’t destroy this place! Someone may make good profits by using it as playground for real S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games

    • alessio says:

      No you don’t want to play paintball in that mess, I am convinced that if you know what the bulding and insulation materials are, you want to stay at least a mile away from it

  11. Jim-Bob says:

    It’s not the only nuclear power plant that was abandoned before construction was completed. There is at least one in the US too. It is called the Marble Hill Nuclear Power Plant and is located in Indiana. I believe it is the one whose large water tank has been used to film movies like “The Abyss” as there is no other real use for it. Why was it never completed? Much like this one died due to Chernobyl, the Marble Hill plant was left incomplete because of the US accident at Three Mile Island. the Fukushima Daiichi disaster that happened this year also threatens several currently planned NPP projects and may lead to yet more abandoned, partially completed plants around the world.

    • SMERSH says:

      We have several in the US. One right here in California…brand new, built to completion. Never turned on. The film “The China Syndrome” set nuclear energy in the US back at least 40 years.

    • EnglishBob says:

      Actually it looks like Japan aren’t abandoning nuclear. They will be spending a bit more money on modernisation of existing plants and are currently working on MSR, GFR, SFR and VHTR 4th generation types at the moment.

  12. Pinback says:

    Would it not be a good idea to check objects with a Dosimeter first before touching them?

    • s3rious_simon says:

      no. as the plant was never put into operation, theres nothing radioactive there…

      • SMERSH says:

        …no isotopes but no doubt plenty of asbestos and lead.

        • Eris says:

          Fail again. A dosimeter has no use against asbestos and lead.

          • Yojimbo says:

            Fail on stupendous levels because the person calls them self SMERSH which means death to all spys and was a Soviet counter espionage organization that obviously supported the USSR something this person clearly hates. my name is Yojimbo because I like the film by Mr.Kurosawa why anyone would name themselves after something they dislike or that represents something they dislike is beyond me.

  13. alessio says:

    God saved the beautiful Cremera and it’s grapes (wine) fields from another disaster.
    My oh my if there was another “Chernobyl plant” nearby europe

    The main question, who will pay to clean it up now, Russia or EU?

  14. aaa says:

    as it’s ukraine’s territory, it’s up to them…well if they have some money left, he-he.-)

  15. Just says:

    Why they destroy it? Steel salvage?

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