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Day 60: Construction of New Laboratory Unit at Bulgarian Antarctic Base Progresses According to Schedule
Day 60: Construction of New Laboratory Unit at Bulgarian Antarctic Base Progresses According to Schedule
Construction of the concrete foundations of the new laboratory unit at the Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingstone Island (BTA Photo/Konstantin Karagyozov)

The construction of the concrete foundations of the new laboratory unit at the Bulgarian Antarctic base St. Kliment Ohridski on Livingstone Island is progressing according to schedule despite variable weather conditions. The construction activity is part of the 31st Antarctic Expedition.

Over the past three days, Antarctic and navel personnel from the crew of the Bulgarian research vessel RSV 421 have been working together, managing to lay a total of 15 out of the 17 remaining foundation steps to be built. The single-storey building will be erected on 32 foundation steps. Fifteen of them have already been laid during the previous expedition. The last two concrete steps should be poured on February 24.

There are three main challenges to the construction of the concrete foundations of the new laboratory unit at the Bulgarian Antarctic base on Livingston Island, Oleg Vassilev from the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute told BTA: the multiple freeze-thaw cycles, the chemical erosion caused by the proximity of the sea and the geometry of the future building, which is designed to self-clean from accumulating drifts. Vassilev is a specialist in the design of concrete compositions, a physicist and a participant in the 31st Bulgarian Antarctic expedition as a builder and logistician.

BTA's Daily News editor Konstantin Karagyozov is the only member of the media who is travelling on board the ship to Livingston Island and back, and will cover the Bulgarian expedition on site throughout the stay in Antarctica.

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By 17:46 on 27.02.2024 Today`s news

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