Russia’s world first floating nuclear power station on Saturday finished a 5,000-kilometer (3,100-mile) Arctic transfer to the nation’s far east, the Rosatom nuclear agency said.
“The Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear plant arrived at Pevek, in the autonomous district of Chukotka,” where it is to begin operating by year end once connected to the local electricity grid, Rosatom said.
What will be the world’s northernmost atomic power plant left Murmansk in Russia’s far north on August 23 subsequent to being loaded with ignitable atomic fuel.
The 21-ton, 144-meter (470 feet) long, and 30-meter wide platform, which is intended to meet the vitality needs of remote networks, was towed into Pevek by a clutch of vessels.
The station houses two 35-megawatt reactors, more in accordance with the power of nuclear-powered ice breakers than typical new generation atomic plants boasting nearer 1,000 MW capacity.
The Akademik Lomonosov is to provide energy to around 100,000 individuals and also power oil platforms as Russia develops extraction of natural resources in a mineral-rich region whose eastern tip is a couple of dozen kilometers from Alaska.
“It is perhaps a small step towards economic development in the Arctic—however it’s a giant step towards decarbonisation of remote, off-grid zones and a turning point in the global development of small modular atomic plants,” Rosatom head Alexei Likhachev said in a statement.
Environmental groups led by Greenpeace Russia have, in any case, long criticized the project cautioning it will have “serious consequences” for a fragile ecosystem if there should arise an occurrence of storms or accidents.
Greenpeace has cautioned of the danger of a “nuclear Titanic” and “Chernobyl on ice” and environmental fears were heightened after an August explosion at an atomic research facility in Russia’s far north which saw local radiation levels quickly spike.
The nuclear industry, for the most part, has been looking to reinvent itself in a depressed market, strikingly by producing small-scale, modular reactors with attractive price tags to prevail upon potential new clients.
The industry has been cheered by solid demand eminently for nuclear-powered submarines as well as ice-breakers and aircraft carriers, increasingly destined for isolated and infrastructure-poor regions.