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1 Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Posted on November 11, 2014 by team


This must be the most ambiguous place in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. On the one hand it’s a breathtaking industrial beauty, on the other hand it’s a symbol of the time that stopped forever. Finally, it’s more evidence of the biggest industrial disaster, portrayal of disappointed hopes and wreckage of brilliant ideas. All these aspects are reflected by this unfinished fifth power unit of the Chernobyl power plant.

This power unit had been planned to be put into service in November 1986. However due to the accident of April 26, 1986 it was not able to happen… The fifth power unit remained unfinished, to stand forever surrounded by construction cranes…

They also planned to build a sixth power unit but only had time to break the new ground for it.

View of a construction crane from one of the roofs of the 5th power unit.

Great industrial images can be taken here.

Famous dark red panels of the building make the 5th power unit the most recognizable object in the exclusion zone.

Iron roof.

One needs to be careful while moving on the roof here.

Cooling towers.

The 4th power unit.

Cabin of a construction crane.

One of the buildings in the precinct.

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One Response to “Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP”

  1. andy says:

    Truly good achievement of Soviet construction, the accident was awful tragedy ruining many lives. Maybe engineers were overconfident or a design flaw, I cannot recall. In Washington State overly ambitious politicians expended huge sums for five new nuclear plants – only one is now on line, others abandoned,the cost overruns sensational, and the financial bond default was the biggest in US history. But no nuclear accident. Just many people lost life savings.

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