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Russia’s World-First Floating Nuclear Plant Arrives In Port

World first floating nuclear power station is designed to meet the energy needs of remote communities, was towed into Pevek by a clutch of vessels

The world’s first floating nuclear plant made by Russia has arrived at its permanent base in the northeasterly region of the country, as melting ice from global warming opens way for rivalry over the Arctic’s untapped mineral resources.

Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom announced on Saturday that the floating nuclear plant named Akademik Lomonosov made its 5,000 km journey from Murmansk in the northwest through the Russian Arctic to  Chukotka in the northeast.

The 21-ton, 144-metre (470 feet) long and 30-metre wide platform, which is designed to meet the energy needs of remote communities, was towed into Pevek by a clutch of vessels.

The station houses two 35-megawatt reactors, more in line with the power of nuclear-powered ice breakers than typical new generation nuclear plants boasting nearer 1,000 MW capacity.

The Akademik Lomonosov is to provide energy for around 100,000 people and also power oil platforms as Russia develops extraction of natural resources in a mineral-rich area whose eastern tip is a few dozen kilometres from Alaska.

“Floating nuclear plant  is  a giant step toward decarbonization of remote, off-grid zones and a turning point in the global development of small modular nuclear plants,” Rosatom head Alexei Likhachev said in a statement.

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