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Russia launches floating NPP
Russia launches world's first 'floating nuclear power plant', delivering energy security to its most remote region
Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:33 UTC


Quote:Akademic Lomonosov has two KLT-40S reactors on board, that have a special security system allowing them shut down if necessary, even if the crew were absent or the power supply down.

The reactors are capable of producing up to 70 megawatts of electricity and 50 gigacalories-an-hour of heat energy. The 140-meter long vessel itself was designed to meet high safety standards, ensuring that any kind of collision, including with another ship or with a rock, or a natural disaster, would not damage the reactors. The floating power plant's operational lifespan is 40 years.

The ship, Akademik Lomonosov, is headed far away from Moscow to the small far-eastern port of Pevek, which sits on the Arctic coast of Chukotka. That will place it very close to the coast of Alaska.  Any nuclear releases are just upwind of that remote part of the United States.
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