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Sat Aug 24 05:08:47
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Earth’s final frontier: Russia's floating nuclear power plant leaves for new Arctic home

Published time: 23 Aug, 2019

The world’s first floating nuclear power plant (NPP), designed and built by Russia, is set to start its trip across the Arctic to its ‘workplace’ in the Chukotka Region and will provide Russia’s remote areas with heat and energy.

During a special ceremony on Friday the unique vessel, called the ‘Akademik Lomonosov,’ will leave the city of Murmansk to float thousands of kilometers, all the way to the small far-eastern port of Pevek, which sits on the Arctic coast of Chukotka. Two tug boats and one reserve vessel will tow the floating nuclear power plant.

“There are no analogues to it in the world,” said Dmitry Alekseenko, a branch deputy director of Rosenergoatom, the builder of the floating nuclear power plant.

The Akademik Lomonosov and its assisting vessels are scheduled to reach their destination by the end of September, their exact arrival time depending on weather conditions. The facility is set to become operational by the end of the year.

Chukotka is one of the most isolated regions of Russia, with harsh climate conditions impeding massive construction and the region in need of replacing its aging energy infrastructure. The new nuclear power facility can provide the necessary energy for the local population and plants located in the remote region, as well as for oil and gas rigs.

“This project was created based on the fact that there are a lot of regions in our country which are hard to reach for conventional construction works. It is difficult to build anything there, therefore this power plant unit can be quickly transported to the location where it is needed for delivering energy to residents and industrial facilities,” Alekseenko said.

‘Akademic Lomonosov’ has two KLT-40S reactors on board, that have a special security system allowing them shut down if necessary, even if the crew were absent or the power supply down.

The reactors are capable of producing up to 70 megawatts of electricity and 50 gigacalories-an-hour of heat energy.The 140-meter long vessel itself was designed to meet high safety standards, ensuring that any kind of collision, including with another ship or with a rock, or a natural disaster, would not damage the reactors. The floating power plant’s operational lifespan is 40 years.
Sat Aug 24 05:14:59
”There are no analogues to it in the world”

Yes, probably for good reasons. Well I can wait for this to go south, so greetards can have fire for their fuels and keep obstructing nuclear plant developments for decades further.
large member
Sat Aug 24 05:41:43
Its a very good idea. There is no way around nuclear power to provide low CO2 baseload electricity.
Sat Aug 24 06:15:25
>>There is no way around nuclear power to provide low CO2 baseload electricity.<<

Indeed, insinuated in "fuel for the fire of greentards". The country doing the application with "no analogues". I have very little faith in them. I am here to be pleasantly surprised.
large member
Sat Aug 24 09:49:36
Another issue is standarization and workforce skill.

Mass producing then sending to wherever resolves both.

The main problem with the Academic Lemonosov is size. The output is quite small. You would need 4000 of them to meet paris accord energy composition targets.

An upside is desalination options to more fully use the energy generated from the plant (though cold climate use has that covered too).
Sat Aug 24 16:41:37
Or you just build regular stationary nuclear power plants on dry land. I have heard you can make the output on those huge.
large member
Sun Aug 25 02:00:16
It takes decades to get the know-how and regulatory framework into place.

You could just google you know. New plants have 10 times the output of the Academic Lemonosov.

A self-contained, transportable nuclear plant has merit.
large member
Sun Aug 25 12:11:03
Its replacing this nuclear power plant:

large member
Tue Aug 27 03:55:34

China is buiding a similar type. Initial use for those silly man-made islands that have electricity and potable water issues.
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