Akademik Lomonosov: Russia's floating nuclear power plant

Akademik Lomonosov Russia nuclear power plant

The world's only floating nuclear power plant has left its dock in the Russian port of Murmansk and is on its way to the arctic town of Pevek which is 3,100 miles away.

Akademik Lomonosov will provide heat and energy to homes, and support mining and drilling operations in Russia's mineral-rich Chukutko region.

The floating vessel is the northernmost nuclear plant in the world.

Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear energy company has designed Akademik Lomonosov.

rosatom state nuclear corporation logo

The 144 metres (474 ft) long and 30 metres (98ft)  wide vessel, the height of 10 metres (33 ft), named the Akademik Lomonosov.

The floating power stations need to be refueled every three years.

Akademik Lomonosov will sail at 4-5 knots (7-9km/h), in good weather condition.

The Akademik Lomonosov has 69 crew members.

According to Rosatom, the Akademik Lomonosov has two KLT-40C reactor systems, each with a capacity of 35 megawatts. It has an overall "life cycle" of 40 years.

Akademik Lomonosov sea route in Russia
Source: BBC

Once docked, the 21,000-tonne barge will replace a coal-burning power plant and an ageing land-based nuclear plant and will supply 50,000 people in the area with electricity, according to Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom.

China and France are also working on the sea-based nuclear power plants.

The environmental group Greenpeace has called this plan as "Chernobyl on Ice", referring to the 1986 nuclear power plant meltdown.

China and France are also working on the sea-based nuclear power plants.

It can be used to power desalination plants for countries with a shortage of fresh water.

The portable nuclear plants will help to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

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