Time Line of Events
March-construction of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant begins 1972
Discussion takes place in Kiev about type of nuclear plant to be built in Chernobyl. For the reason RBMK (a boiling water reactor) was built because it was the safest reactor and produced the cheapest electricity as well. 1976
October-Filling of cooling water reservoir for the Chernobyl Power Plant begins. 1977
The first of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plants four reactors is ready to operate followed by number 2 in 1978. According to data, design deviations and violations of construction and assembly are occurring in the construction of the 2nd generation unit. 1979
April-The Chernobyl Atomic Power Station reached its first 10 billion kilowatt-hours of electrical output. 1982
A partial core meltdown occurs in reactor No.1. The Extent of the accident was not made public until 1985. The reactor was repaired and put back into operation within months. 1983
December- The construction of Unit 4 at Chernobyl is completed and the plant becomes operational on the 20th. This news was reported by the media on 22 December, a festive day for workers in the energy industry. 1985
April- the Minister of Energy, decrees that information on any adverse effects caused by the functioning of the energy industry on employees, inhabitants and the environment, were not suitable for publication by newspapers, radio or television.
1:00 am The reactor was running at full power with normal operation. Steam power was directed to both turbines of the power generators. Slowly the operators began to reduce power for the test. The purpose of the test was to observe the dynamics of the RMBK reactor with limited power flow. 1:05 pm Twelve hours after power reduction was initiated the reactor reached 50% power. Now only one turbine was needed to take in the decreased amount of steam caused by the power decrease and turbine #2 was switched off. 2:00 pm Under the normal...
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