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Chernobyl: The soviet tracks deliver equipments and construction materials to the building of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. 00:19

The soviet tracks deliver equipments and construction materials to the building site of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

The V.I. Lenin Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station consisted of four reactors of type RBMK-1000, each capable of producing 1,000 megawatts of electric power, and the four together produced about 10% of Ukraine's electricity at the time of the accident. Construction of the plant and the nearby city of Pripyat to house workers and their families began in 1970, with reactor № 1 commissioned in 1977. It was the third nuclear power station in the Soviet Union of the RBMK-type (after Leningrad and Kursk), and the first ever nuclear power plant on Ukrainian soil. The completion of the first reactor in 1977 was followed by reactor № 2 (1978), № 3 (1981), and № 4 (1983). Two more reactors, capable of producing 1,000 MW each, were under construction at the time of the accident in 1986.

Recorded: 1970s Event time: 1970s Location: Soviet Union Number of clips: 214
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