Yesterday, Russia's state-owned nuclear energy giant Rosatom shipped its first floating nuclear power reactor, the Akademik Lomonosov. Environmental organization Greenpeace protested the vessel and its future capabilities, calling it "Chernobyl on ice", a reference to the 1986 nuclear disaster in modern-day Ukraine.
A lethal explosion this month at a army testing web site in Russia's far north brought on a radioactive surge, prompting additional considerations.
The floating nuclear power station measuring 472 feet in height and 98 feet abeam, and which is being towed by two icebreakers, will call in at its destination port in three weeks and will begin to generate electricity in December, the Rosenergoatom corporation announced.
When it arrives in Pevek, a town of 5,000 in the Siberian region of Chukotka, it will replace a local nuclear plant, which will be decommissioned next year, and a closed coal plant.
It's due to enter operation by the top of yr, primarily serving the area's oil platforms as Russian Federation develops the exploitation of hydrocarbons within the Arctic.
Rashid Alimov, the pinnacle of the energy sector of Greenpeace Russia, stated environmental groups had been extreme of the premise of a floating reactor for the reason that 1990s.
A view shows Russia's floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov and tugboat Dixon before the departure from the service base of Rosatomflot company for a journey along the Northern Sea Route to Chukotka in Murmansk, Russia August 23, 2019.
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The Russian plant's main benefits - mobility and ability to work in remote regions - complicate some crucial security procedures, from routine disposal of the nuclear fuel to rescue operations in the event the platform is hit by a massive wave.
Global warming and melting ice has made the Northeast Passage - which connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific along Russia's northern coast - more accessible. It has since been repainted within the pink, white and blue of the Russian flag.
The vessel Akademik Lomonosov left its dock on Friday, heading to the arctic town of Pevek in northeastern Siberia, loaded with nuclear fuel on its two 35-megawatt reactor systems.
The US in 1968 had launched Sturgis, the first floating nuclear power plant in history, in the Panama Canal, but scrapped it in 1976 due to the high cost of maintenance.
The nuclear business, searching for to reinvent itself in a dark market, is growing smaller, cheaper reactors to draw new prospects.
They follow the examples of submarines, icebreakers and aircraft carriers, which have long used nuclear power, and are intended for isolated areas with little infrastructure.