Chernobyl Power Plant

Built: 1970

Abandoned: 1986

Visited: 2014 + 2015

Chernobyl, Ukraine

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant or Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station is a decommissioned nuclear power station near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, 14.5 km northwest of the city of Chernobyl, 16 km from the Ukraine–Belarus border, and about 110 km north of Kiev. Reactor No. 4 was the site of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 and the power plant is now within a large restricted area known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.


The completion of the first reactor in 1977 was followed by Reactor No. 2 (1978), No. 3 (1981), and No. 4 (1983). Two more reactors, No. 5 and 6, capable of producing 1,000 MW each, were under construction at the time of the accident. Reactor No. 5 was about 70% complete at the time of the accident and was scheduled to start operating in November 7, 1986. However, the works were halted on January 1, 1988 leaving most of the machinery behind. Furthermore, a 6th reactor was planned in a new block of buildings scheduled to be completed in 1994.

The nuclear power plant site is to be cleaned by 2065. The photos are taken around reactor 4, inside reactor 5, inside the cooling towers and all around the site of the power plants. More reports on Chernobyl, are on my other website: 30 Years Later.

Photos Chernobyl Power Plant

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