Russia’s floating nuclear plant sails to its destination

Russia will launch the world’s first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday

Russia will launch the world’s first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday

Russian Federation launched its first floating nuclear power plant Friday, with plans to transport the vessel some 3,000 miles to the far eastern autonomous region of Chukotka, the country's nuclear agency said.

The plant, loaded with nuclear fuel, set off from the Arctic port of Murmansk on a voyage to the town of Pevek in the Chukotka region on the Arctic coast.

It's ensuing from head into operation by the live of twelve months, essentially serving the inform's oil platforms as Russian Federation develops the exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Arctic.

Russia's floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov leaves the service base of Rosatomflot company for a journey along the Northern Sea Route to Chukotka from Murmansk, Russia August 23, 2019.

Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is a simpler alternative to building a conventional plant in isolated places where ground is frozen all year round, and it intends to sell such reactors overseas.

But environmental groups comprise long warned of the hazards of the mission, dubbing it a skill "Chernobyl on ice" and a "nuclear Advantageous".

Rashid Alimov, the head of the energy sector of Greenpeace Russia, said environmental groups had been critical of the idea of a floating reactor since the 1990s.

The Akademik Lomonosov will be the northernmost operating nuclear plant in the world, and it's key to plans to develop the region economically.

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Because Rosatom plans to store spent fuel onboard, Alimov said "any accident involving this fuel might have a serious impact on the fragile environment of the Arctic".

Chukotka is one of the most isolated regions of Russian Federation, with harsh climate conditions impeding massive construction and the region in need of replacing its aging energy infrastructure.

The objective has become more practical in recent years amid global warming and a growing emergence of melting ice caps, making some Arctic areas more accessible.

The Akademik Lomonosov was first launched - without its nuclear power capabilities - in spring 2018.

The Akademik Lomonosov is equipped with two reactor units, each capable of supplying 35 megawatts of power, and can power a town with a population of about 100,000.

Alimov stated the mission was as soon as a uncared for different as Chukotka, a inform bigger than Texas populated by handiest 50,000 other folks, "has a massive skill for the improve of wind energy". Two tug boats and one reserve vessel will tow the floating nuclear power plant.

The nuclear industry, seeking to reinvent itself in a gloomy market, is developing smaller, cheaper reactors to attract new customers.

They convey the examples of submarines, icebreakers and airplane carriers, which comprise long aged nuclear power, and are intended for remoted areas with cramped infrastructure.

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