The World’s First Floating Nuclear Power Plant Has Begun Working at Full Capacity

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Academic Lomonosov, the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, started to serve with full capacity in Pevek, the northernmost city of Russia. The ship, which also holds the title of the nuclear power plant in the northernmost part of the world, will become the main energy source for the Çukotka Autonomous Okrugu region where Pevek is located.

Academic Lomonosov, whose construction began in June 2010 and cost 6 billion rubles ($ 232 million), became the world’s first floating nuclear power plant when it was launched in 2018. The ship, which is 144 meters long and 30 meters wide, has a total weight of 21,500 tons.

Academic Lomonosov, which employs 69 people, reached its permanent position in the Çukotka Autonomous Okrugu region on 9 September 2019 and was partially operational. As of this month, the floating nuclear power plant, which started to operate in full capacity in Pevek, the northernmost city of Russia and the world, has provided zero emission electrical energy with a power of 47.3 GWh, which corresponds to 20 percent of the demand in the region.

Academic Lomonosov, launched in 2018, cost $ 232 million
Andrei Petrov, Director of Rosenergoatom, the company responsible for the implementation of the magnificent project, said that the construction of the floating nuclear power plant has been successfully completed and that they have completed their main tasks this year. Sharing the information that Academic Lomonosov was fully commissioned in Pevek, the northernmost city of Russia, Petrov said, “Academic Lomonosov officially became the northernmost nuclear power plant in the world today.”

The floating nuclear power plant, examined by Russia’s technical, nuclear and environmental observer agency Rostechnadzor, has confirmed that Academic Lomonosov is fully in line with all norms and regulations, including epidemiological, environmental, fire safety, construction requirements and federal standards.

Academic Lomonosov is known as the northernmost nuclear power plant in the world
Many environmental organizations, especially Greenpeace, have criticized that the world, which has become more fragile than ever due to climate change, will be under great threat due to projects such as Academic Lomonosov. Similarly, the Bellona Foundation, a Norwegian-based international environmental organization, prepared a report on its criticism of the floating nuclear power plant.

Academic Lomonosov has two KLT-40S reactor-equipped power units, each with an electric power of 35 MW. The gigantic ship with a power capacity of 70 MW (Megawatts) has a heat capacity of 50 Gcal / h (Giga Calories / Hour). Academic Lomonosov, which will become the main energy source for Chukotka in time, will be able to serve for 40 years in its current form.

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