Location: Chernobyl – Ukraine
Equipment used: CC 8800-1
Sarens participated in the New Safe Confinement Project at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine. The purpose of the project is to fully contain the damaged nuclear reactor building and prevent the reactor complex from leaking further radioactive material into the environment for the next 100 years. Unit 4 of the reactor building will be encased in a massive arched steel structure.
Before this could happen, the old chimney had to be removed with the help of Sarens’ CC8800-1 in its almost full configuration. After the stabilization of each of the 7 tube parts, the chimney could be removed by sections, each weighing approximately 55t. Any miscalculations could cause a cloud of radioactive dust, but this challenging operation was brought to a successful end. The complete old chimney was removed safely. SOURCE: Sarens