Russia approves construction of world’s first floating nuclear plant

11/01/2018 14:32 Nuclear

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Russian Building Standards Watchdog, Glavgosexpertiza, authorized the construction of the first global floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) project.

The Akademik Lomonosov FNPP will be built in Russia's northernmost town of Pevek and is likely to start operation by 2019.

 
The FNPP is aimed for the generation and output of heat and electric power and can also be used for seawater desalination.


The plant has two reactors that can generate up to 70 megawatts of electricity and 50 gigacalories of heat in usual operating conditions. This is sufficient to extend the life of a city with a population of approximately 100 thousand people.


The Akademik Lomonosov facility will substitute the older Bilibinskaya Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), which is producing at present around 80 percent of electricity in the isolated Chaun-Bilibinskaya grid.


The FNPP should operate for a period of forty years. 


Rosenergoatom Concern JSC, a division of state nuclear corporation Rosatom, will fund the construction of the site.

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