Abandoned Crimean NPP

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

A transport corridor of the power unit.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

Let’s come back to the crane.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

Its cabin.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

Rollers. Below each pair is a narrow-gauge.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

Pipes are cut like a sausage.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

One of the pipes is used as workers’ shelter.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

A lot of machinery.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

The results of intensive breaking.

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

Abandoned Crimean NPP

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Abandoned Crimean NPP

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

Location: the Crimean Nuclear Power Plant

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26 thoughts on “Abandoned Crimean NPP”

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

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  1. Even better, turn it in to an amusementpark like this one in Kalkar, Germany
    http://www.wunderlandkalkar.eu/de/pagina/5/de-over-ons.html
    🙂

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    • 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.

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  2. 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

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    • 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

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  3. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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          • 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.

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  4. 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?

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