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Rosatom First of a Kind Floating Nuclear Power Unit Arrives in Russia

Power News - Published on Mon, 16 Sep 2019

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The floating power unit Akademik Lomonosov has arrived at the port of its permanent location in Pevek, Chukotka, in Russia's Far East, where it is being docked to start operations by the end of this year. Once commissioned, it will become the world’s first operational nuclear power plant based on small modular reactors technology and a working prototype for reliable source of low-carbon energy supply in remote areas. The project has been welcomed by scientists, nuclear energy experts and environmentalists across the world. Akademik Lomonosov is a pilot project and a ‘working prototype’ for a future fleet of floating nuclear power plants and on-shore installations based on Russian-made small modular reactors. The small power units will be available for deployment to hard-to-reach areas of the Russia’s north and Far-East, as well as for export. The total cost of the Pevek installation will not be disclosed until the project is complete but Rosatom’s spokesman said the technology is strongly competitive.

Rosatom’s CEO Alexey Likhachev said that “It’s maybe one small step for sustainable development in the Arctic, but it’s a giant leap for the decarbonisation of remote off-grid areas, and a watershed in the development of small modular nuclear power plants in the world."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 16 Sep 2019
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