Whether you are a science enthusiast, a curious soul or someone keen on learning about history, Chernobyl is a place you must visit. You must already know about the tragic Chernobyl incident. There are tours available that you can avail to visit the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and witness from closeby the structure of the plant, the halls, the control rooms and more. In this article, we will be diving into a roadmap for when you visit Chernobyl.
Mockup hall at the Administrative and Service Complex (ASC-1) of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and onwards
This hall will be your first touchpoint for gathering and planning the roadmap of the entire tour. Here, the professional staff of the Chernobyl NPP introduces visitors to the organizational and technical structure of the nuclear power plant. They go in-depth, telling you about when it was built, what the main features are, how it used to function and what was the mechanism that made it as effective as it was. If you are curious about the insides of the power plant, this is where you will quench your thirst.
From this point, you will be introduced to the “Golden corridor” that extends through the building of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The corridor seems to be endless, and it has a tragic history in itself, as this is the place where the NPP staff was moving through quickly at the accident night on April 26.
The control panel of the reactor (CP)
If the nuclear reactor is the heart of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant then the control panel is its brain. And the control panel of the Chernobyl NPP is a massive, magnificent technological wonder to behold. This is where the atomic titanium called unit would be controlled. You will see controls over all nodes, beginning with the reactor department and ending with the turbine. This would be a place where the most scientific minds in the country would make critical decisions.
It is one of the world’s biggest tragedies that the block shields of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will never blink with lights again.
You have a chance to place yourself in the shoes of those who once stood at the control panel. To imagine the pressure, the responsibility, the severity of knowledge that they did. This is an experience that gives you the option of returning to the past for a moment.
The machine (turbine) hall
This is the heavy work area of the Chernobyl NPP. This is where nuclear energy would be converted into electrical energy, using the principle of dynamos and turbine engineering. You can see the giant magnetic structures, motors and be amazed by the massive scientific infrastructure of the area. If the control room is the brain of the power plant, the turbines would be the motor nerves—without them, the reactor would not be able to perform its most essential task, which is, converting nuclear energy into kinetic energy, and then the kinetic energy to electrical energy.
The reactor hall
This is the heart of the entire unit as the nuclear reactor is situated here. This is the place where nuclear energy is created. This is, also, the most dangerous area as if something goes wrong here; the entire plant can be destroyed. Workers in the nuclear power plant will tell you the story of how it happens. In the vast central hall of the reactor department, you will also be able to see the lid of the reactor.
A memorial for Valery Khodemchuk (buried under the ruins of the reactor)
In the fatal moment of the Chernobyl disaster, Khodemchuk— the night shift circulating pump operator, was in the north loop of the north side of the reactor. Huge pumps weighing tens of tons were each controlled by him, and he was responsible for the circulation of coolant (water) in the reactor. It is believed that he was one of the first victims of the disaster, and his body was buried under the ruins. A memorial is built that honors his work and grieves his loss.
Room with MCP (main circulation pumps)
You can also visit the working place of Valery Khodemchuk, and see the huge pumps, which once used to force moving tons of water through the reactor to help maintai