Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

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.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

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.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

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

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Great industrial images can be taken here.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

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

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Iron roof.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

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

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Cooling towers.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

The 4th power unit.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Cabin of a construction crane.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

One of the buildings in the precinct.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Excavated ground prepared for the 6th power unit.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

These are some images taken inside the building…

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

One may get lost here for hours…

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Reactor room.

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP

The 5th electric power unit is certainly a must-see place in Chernobyl – it is a vivid incarnation of the tragedy of 1986, the phenomenon of frozen time, aesthetics of abandoned industrial beauty. The power unit itself and the surrounding territory are subject to periodic cutting but the place remains to be rather interesting not least because it brings quite unusual views of the zone.

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1 thought on “Industrial Splendour: Fifth Power Unit of the Chernobyl NPP”

  1. 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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