Russia builds unique floating nuclear power plant

The construction of a unique floating nuclear power unit, the Akademik Lomonosov, has been completed in Chukotka.

A floating nuclear heat and power plant is a non-self-propelled vessel that can be towed between locations serving as a source of electrical and thermal energy. It can also be used for desalination of sea water. The system’s capacity is 60 MW of electricity and up to 50 Gcal/h of thermal energy for heating water.

The head of the region, Roman Kopin, has congratulated the management and the staff of Rosenergoatom, Rosatom and the Baltic Plant shipyard on this achievement.

In August, the platform will travel to Chukotka’s and actually Russia’s northernmost city of Pevek, where it will later serve to replace the decommissioned generating units of the Chaun-Bilibinsky energy center – the Chaunskaya thermal power plant and the Bilibinskaya nuclear power plant.

“Small capacity nuclear power plants are not typical projects for our time, but they are quite promising and can pay off in the long term,” says commodity market analyst Dmitry Aleksandrov. “This floating power plant’s construction has taken more than a decade, with investment in the project reaching tens of billions of dollars.”

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