World's 1st floating nuclear power plant connects to grid

20/12/2019 09:09 Nuclear

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The world's first floating nuclear power plant (NPP), Akademik Lomonosov, was grid-connected to provide electricity for the first time in the remote Chaun-Bilibino network in the coastal gold-mining town of Pevek, in Russia's Far East, Russian State Atomic Corporation Rosatom announced on Thursday.

The 144-meter length and 30-meter wide floating plant, equipped with two 35-megawatt KLT-40C reactor systems similar to those used on icebreakers, is capable of generating enough electricity for around 100,000 homes.

 

This development marks the official start of operations for the world's first small modular reactors (SMR), and according to Rosatom's Director General Alexey Likhachev, it is also a major step in establishing Pevek as the new energy capital of the region.

 

The floating plant, named after the 18th century's Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov, will replace the outgoing capacities of the Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya combined heat and power plant to become the baseline power generation facility in the country's Far East autonomous region of Chukotka.

Source: aa.com.tr

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