Chernobyl at Sea? Russia Building Floating Nuclear Power Plants

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So much for the lessons of Fukushima. Never mind oil spills, the Russian Federation is preparing an energy initiative that, if it has problems, will inject nuclear material into the maritime environment.

Speaking to reporters at the 6th International Naval Show in St. Petersburg, Baltiskii Zavod shipyard general director Aleksandr Voznesenskii said that the Russian Federation’s first floating nuclear power plant “should be operational by 2016.”

Baltiysky Zavod is Russia’s biggest shipbuilding complex. According to Voznesenskii, the “Academician Lomonosov” FNPP will be the first vessel belonging to the new line of floating nuclear power plants that can provide energy, heat and water to remote and arid areas of the country, with mass production scheduled for the near future.

The “Academician Lomonosov’s” technology is based on the USSR’s construction of nuclear-powered icebreakers. The Russian media is speculating that the FNPPS will first be used in remote areas of the northeastern Arctic Russia and the Far East, as these regions currently suffer from a lack of energy, slowing their development.  Each 21,000 ton vessel will have two “modified KLT-40 naval propulsion reactors” that will provide up to 70 megawatts of electricity or 300 megawatts of heat, sufficient for a city with a population of 200,000 people. Additionally, the floating NPPs can provide water desalination services capable of supplying up to 240,000 cubic meters of fresh water per day.

Perhaps referring to Soviet-era nuclear icebreakers is not such a hot idea, at least for those with historical memories.

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8 Comments on "Chernobyl at Sea? Russia Building Floating Nuclear Power Plants"

  1. Calypso_1 | Jul 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm |

    Meh, the USo’A was doing this in the 60’s and 70’s.

    • Liam_McGonagle | Jul 25, 2013 at 9:32 am |

      Really? I admit it’s not the type of story I ordinarily follow, but I would have thought I’d have heard of THAT . . . .

      But on the other hand this story is amusing from the point of view of reinforcing the Cold War stereotype of Russia as a backwards nation that is typically on a 30-year delay in terms of adopting Western technologies . . .

  2. Anarchy Pony | Jul 24, 2013 at 2:17 pm |

    All the better to aid in the rape of the thawing arctic. Extraction corporations rejoice!

    • InfvoCuernos | Jul 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm |

      Those penguins have had it too easy for way too long. The sooner they start pulling their own weight, the better.

  3. ishmael2009 | Jul 24, 2013 at 4:42 pm |

    This has been done for ages anyway. What are nuclear ice breakers and destroyers if not floating nuclear power stations? The people up there need electricity and this is a way of getting it to them.

    • Liam_McGonagle | Jul 25, 2013 at 9:33 am |

      Do any of these experiences alter your opinion of Isaac Asimov and his enthusiasm for nuclear technology?

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