A nuclear power plant was planned for Belarus since the 1980’s but a series of events like Chernobyl nuclear disaster, etc. put the development plan on hold till late 2007. Finally in mid-2008, the plan for the nuclear power plant was officially approved and started. After a thorough feasibility study, the first concrete was poured on 6th November, 2013. Construction for the second unit started eight months later with construction of each unit expected to take about five years. The approved plan for the nuclear power plant included two units with total capacity of up to 2 400 MW of electricity.
- The maximum height on which hoist installation was needed was not easy to achieve as the hoist was erected in a curved configuration. In addition, the anchoring for the mast was a challenging task because the mast height increases as the concrete forming work progresses upwards.
- There are dominant western winds at the site which could potentially make the hoist unstable at such a height and promote the risk of accident.
Some unique project features
- The plant cooling towers are built using a sliding-form method and the hoist was further erected as the structure was being built up.
- Usually hoists are installed at new building structures which are built to 1/3 of their total height. In this case, the hoist was mounted when the structure was 50 m high and from then onwards, the hoist served in the building of the tower to its maximum height.
- After completion of the project, it will be a record for construction hoists at such a height in Belarus.
|No. of units used||1|
|Payload of hoist||2000 kg or 24 persons|
|Height of towers||170 m|
|Project beginning||November, 2013|
|Project completion (expected)||Late 2020|
|Main use / benefits of hoist||Efficient transportation of passengers and materials|