First floating nuclear power plant could be operational by 2016

Rosatom’s Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant, the world’s first, could be up and running as early as 2016.

The 70 MW plant is designed to serve large industrial projects, port cities and offshore gas and oil-extracting platforms and has attracted interest in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Algeria, Namibia, Cape Verde and Argentina, amongst others according to a report

The plant will be situated in the town of Vilyuchinsk of the Kamchatka region in Far East Russia. After completion, the plant is expected to generate enough power to serve approximately 200,000 people, while the project will save 200,000t of coal and 100,000t of fuel oil per year.

Rosatom Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant
Foundations for the project were laid in April 2007 and construction of the barge initially began at the Sevmash submarine-building plant in Severodvinsk.

Akademik Lomonosov is a non-self-propelled vessel, which is 140m long, 30m wide and 10m high.

The floating vessel will be equipped with a power unit of two 35MW KLT-40C nuclear reactors, or 300 MW of heat and two steam-driven turbine units.

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