The Chernobyl that never was
Holy *$@#!%&*!. Close call! This is like an asteroid that missed the earth by just a few miles. Imagine this monstrosity up and running.
Looks like they came fairly close to finishing this project, which was being directed at the Cuban end by Fidel's oldest son, Russian-trained nuclear engineer Fidelito Castro Diaz-Balart.
So imagine this too, if you can: Fidelito trying to keep his father's hands off the controls. (Oye, imbecil, yo se como manejar esta maquina...por eso soy el lider maximo... mira, voy a apretar este botón pa’ que veas que yo se hacer esto mejor que tu... Bang!...Aaaay carajo....que es ese ruido?..... y esa luz verde?..."
Now it's the perfect location for a new, improved, Museum of the Revolution.
The site is being promoted on several travel web sites as an off-the-beaten-path tourist attraction.
Concrete Crypt for Communist Dreams: Cuba's Unfinished Nuclear Power Plant
In 1976, Communist companions Cuba and the Soviet Union signed a deal to build a nuclear power plant in Juraqua. Construction on the first of two nuclear reactors began in 1983 with a target operational date of 1993. But a few years before the reactor's scheduled completion, the USSR collapsed. The flow of crucial Soviet funds ceased, 300 Russian technicians went home, and Cuba was forced to suspend construction on its badly needed power plant.
Lacking nuclear fuel and without the primary components installed, the plant sat in limbo until December 2000, when Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to Cuba. Putin offered Fidel Castro a belated $800 million to finish the first reactor. Despite Cuba's reliance on imported oil for power, Castro declined. Project status: officially abandoned.
The unfinished plant, a huge, domed concrete structure, sits on the Caribbean coast, across the bay from the city of Cienfuegos.
More on the Juragua Nuclear Power Plant can be found on Atlas Obscura.