Thirty years after the world’s worst nuclear accident at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine, hundreds of workers are labouring to construct a vast structure that is to be the first step in removing the tons of radioactive waste that remain. The plant is derelict: after the No 4 reactor exploded in the early-morning hours of April 26 1986, its other reactors were gradually taken out of service and the sprawling complex has not produced a watt of electricity since 2000. The two billion-euro (£1.5 billion) New Safe Confinement project, funded by international donations and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, is a race against time – though, unsettlingly, how much time cannot be known.
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