World’s first floating nuclear power plant to begin operating in Russi

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  1. Neeraj Mathur

    Neeraj Mathur Regular Member

    Feb 1, 2012
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    In three years, Russia will have the world’s first floating nuclear power plant, capable of providing energy and heat to hard-to-get areas as well as drinking water to arid regions.

    The unique vessel should be operational by 2016, the general director of Russia’s biggest shipbuilders, the Baltic Plant, Aleksandr Voznesensky told reporters at the 6th International Naval Show in St. Petersburg.

    The Akademik Lomonosov is to become the spearhead of a series of floating nuclear power plants, which Russia plans to put into mass-production.

    The floating power-generating unit, aimed at providing energy to large industrial enterprises, port cities and offshore gas and oil-extracting platforms, was designed on the basis of nuclear reactors which are equipped on the icebreakers ships. The technology has proved itself for over 50 years of successful operation in extreme Arctic conditions.

    The floating power plant is a vessel with a displacement of 21,500 tons and a crew of 69 people. It’s non-self-propelled and therefore has to be towed to the desired destination.


    Each ship will have two modified KLT-40 naval propulsion reactors together providing up to 70 MW of electricity or 300 MW of heat, which is enough for a city with a population of 200,000 people.

    The floating nuclear power plants are expected to be used in remote regions of Russia’s high north and Far East, which currently see economic growth suffering from a lack of energy.

    For export purposes, the floating power plant can also be modified as a desalination plant able to produce 240,000 cubic meters of fresh water on a daily basis.

    15 countries, including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Algeria, Namibia, Cape Verde and Argentina, have previously expressed interest in acquiring such power stations.

    The manufacturer stresses that the process of fuel enrichment on the vessels complies with the regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) dealing with nonproliferation of nuclear arms.

    Like every atomic station the floating power plant is designed with a safety margin, exceeding any possible threats, which makes the reactors invulnerable to tsunami waves or crashes with other ships or on-land structures.

    The power-generating unit is to be replaced by a new one after 40 years, with the used reactor returned to a specialized facility for re-utilization.

    The vessels are said to be safe for the environment as they don’t release any hazardous substances during operation.

    The construction of the maiden floating nuclear power station, Akademik Lomonosov, began in 2007 at the Sevmash Submarine-Building Plant in Severodvinsk.

    A year later it was transferred to the Baltic Plant, but was stalled for the last two years due to a lack of financing.

    The new deal to finalize the construction of a floating power unit for the floating nuclear power plant was signed between the Baltic plant and the Russiam state Rosenergoatom company in December 2012

    World’s first floating nuclear power plant to begin operating in Russia in 2016 — RT News

    is it even possible?
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  3. drkrn

    drkrn Senior Member Senior Member

    Apr 15, 2010
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    theoretically speaking this is a wonderful concept as its away from land and so dangerous consequences

    why can't we construct such power plants in sea where land is slightly submerged under sea so that we can have a base easily constructed and a plant with plenty of water around it
  4. SilentKiller

    SilentKiller Regular Member

    Jan 20, 2013
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    well in india problems are
    1 people might protest as word nuclear means unsafe as if gas or coal based plants are safe.
    2 fishermen might protest that it will kill fish and destroy their living
    3 opposition parties will come to support of such protests
    4 environmentalists will file PIL and court will take years to take a firm decision.
    5 some other sate will protest that they should get 50% of due electricity as its their sea coast
    6 some bureaucrats or politicians will ask for undertable money.
    7 news will support it one day then next day will report against it based in TRP

    so many issues India to bring it to india.
    hope our country men gets brains, we know what's wrong with us and try improving our self before pointing on other or expecting something from others.
    WE HAVE the power.
    ramakrishna, arnabmit and Austin like this.
  5. dhananjay1

    dhananjay1 Senior Member Senior Member

    Mar 10, 2013
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    Yes, that way if something goes wrong it's the whole world's problem and not just Russia's problem.

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