On Geological and Geophysical Safety of the New Safe Confinement for ChNPP-4


Chornobyl NPP site, new safe confinement, degassing of the Earth, system of “depression with its sub-bottom channel”, earthquake, plasmoid, hydrogen explosion

How to Cite

Shestopalov, V., & Shybetskyi, I. (2016). On Geological and Geophysical Safety of the New Safe Confinement for ChNPP-4. Nuclear and Radiation Safety, (1(69), 44-50. https://doi.org/10.32918/nrs.2016.1(69).07


The paper considers evidences and mechanisms of potential impact of local depression (microgeodynamic) zones on NPP safety. The depression forms were revealed within the Chornobyl NPP site, including location of the new safe confinement. Nature of zones and character of their influence is determined by fault structures and conjugated deep degassing processes, which cannot be detected and studied by traditional methods of engineering and exploration works during NPP siting. The assumption was made that significant and still unexplored risks for nuclear facilities are related to probable release of deep hydrogen through the bottom of depressions along sub-bottom channels. The approaches were proposed to studying the system of “depression with its sub-bottom channel” within the sites of Chornobyl NPP and other nuclear power plants.



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