First stage of Chernobyl sarcophagus completed

An international team of engineers has completed the first building stage of a protective sarcophagus in Chernobyl, the site of the 1986 nuclear meltdown. The 5,300 ton 'New Safe Confinement structure' shell is being built 200 meters from the existing sarcophagus in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat. The New Safe Confinement (NSC) project is designed to replace the Soviet shell and will contain the radioactive emissions of Chernobyl for the next 100 years. The project is expected to be completed by October 2015. Once fully assembled, the new shelter, with a price tag of 1.54 billion euro, will be 108 meters high, 257 meters wide and 150 meters long.