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Abandoned Nuclear Power Plant in Kursk

The construction of the 5th unit of the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant began in 1986. It was planned that the power unit would be put into operation in 1992.

However, in 1989, the construction was frozen because the 5th power unit was designed based on the use of the RBMK reactor (the type of reactor installed at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant).

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The total amount invested was about $ 900 million. The equipment of the reactor hall was installed by 70%, the main equipment of the RBMK reactor – by 95%, the turbine hall – by 90%.

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For many years the issue of completion and commissioning of the 5th power unit was actively discussed. In 2012, under the influence of the accident at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima in Japan, it was decided that the construction would not be completed.

Dawn on the roof.

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Radioactive materials were not brought to the nuclear power plant, so people who like to explore abandoned buildings can visit this unique facility, a kind of copy of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, without any health risks. And we can see unique photos like these ones made by Lana Sator.

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The pipe, which is the same as it was at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

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The pipe from the inside.

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The turbine hall.

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The reactor is somewhere nearby.

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RBMK-1000 means a high capacity channel reactor, 1000 MW. All the pipes you can see are these channels.

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The ladder through a thick cover of protection between the reactor and the reactor hall.

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The reactor hall – the heart of the nuclear power plant.

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