Ignalia Nuclear Power Plant

Lithuania: ChernobylIgnalia Nuclear Power Plant

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Safety first. This was the mantra for cast and crew of Chernobyl while filming at Ignalia, Lithuania's decomissioned power plant in August 2018. The two main actors Jared Harris and Stellan Skarsgård had to wear protective gear and carry individual dosimeters at all times.

In this scene the two key figures responsible for managing the Chernobyl crisis - Minister Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) and Deputy Director of the Kurchatov Institute Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) - stand on the roof of the Ignalia power plant in Lithuania. 

In this scene the two key figures responsible for managing the Chernobyl crisis - Minister Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) and Deputy Director of the Kurchatov Institute Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) - stand on the roof of the Ignalia power plant in Lithuania. 

While Ignalia has been off the grid since 2004, the plant still employs around 2000 people who are responsible for completing the decommissioning process which will run through until 2038.

Ignalia's second reactor block has a similar design to that of Chernobyl's infamous reactor No. 4, which exploded in 1986.

Ignalia's second reactor block has a similar design to that of Chernobyl's infamous reactor No. 4, which exploded in 1986.

The film team was on site for four days. Some of the scenes shot on location involved the first-response firefighters (Episode 1), the divers tasked with manually draining the water tanks (Episode 2), and the miners who dug the tunnel under the reactor (Episode 3).

Preparing the three divers for their grim mission.

Preparing the three divers for their grim mission.

The tunnel set with the miners.

The tunnel set with the miners.

In Episode 4, 3828 liquidators (or as Legasov grimly describes them in Chernobyl, the 'biorobots') clear the roof of the reactor by hand. Each man was allowed just 90 seconds of exposure to the highly radioactive materials. These disturbing scenes were all shot on the roof of the Ignalia reactor.

How to visit:

While it is possible to visit Ignalia's reactor block, bookings need to be made two months in advance.

Visitors in Ignalia's reactor hall Block No. 1 where filming took place.

Visitors in Ignalia's reactor hall Block No. 1 where filming took place.

The tour takes about 2.5 hours and includes the reactor hall, the control room and the turbine hall.

The Control Room.

The Control Room.

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Ignalia is situated 1.5 hours north-east of Lithuania's capital Vilnius.

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