Cooling Towers for 3rd Generation of Reactors
According to confirmed plans, power plant was supposed to have 12 reactors. Unfortunately, accident of 1986 destroyed all of these plans.
Unit 5 and its cooling tower were supposed to be finished by the end of 1986; unit 6 was just at the beginning of its construction. Units 1-4 were cooled down by the water from the cooling pond; however, reservoir wasn’t big enough to cool two reactors more. Engineers studied the possibility to expand it, but the technology of cooling towers seemed more effective and less costly. When the accident happened, the construction was frozen for undefined time. Later, the priorities changed: it was necessary to deal with shelter for ruined unit 4, but not the new reactors.
Third generation of the reactors and the cooling towers is the first thing that the visitors see when approaching the power plant. The facilities are located on the artificial island surrounded by branch channel. All the groups have a stop there to take panoramic pictures and simply observe the whole site. Rusty construction of the unit 5 and the cooling towers are always played by the sun and the sky: bright as amber or dark as buckwheat honey, but always beautiful. Disastrously beautiful.