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Cleveland Bridge eyes Chernobyl

CLEVELAND Bridge is hoping to win work at Chernobyl where the Russian government is planning to build a giant cover over the nuclear power station.

The plant was the scene of the world's worst nuclear disaster in 1986 when one of the reactors exploded, releasing 40 times the radioactivity of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the World War II.

Cleveland Bridge managing director Brian Rogan said: 'The plant is filled with concrete but it is beginning to crumble and there is a possibility that it may leak in the future.

'They want to put a giant cover over it. The arches supporting it will be the same size as the Wembley arch ? but there will be 14 of them.' Mr Rogan is hopeful that Cleveland Bridge will have an involvement in the project, which is scheduled to kick off in 2007.

See feature, pages 32-33