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Russian floating nuclear plant nearly operational

Russia plans floating nuclear power plant by 2016

The world’s first and only floating nuclear power plant is apparently ready to begin commercial operations, according to its company.

After a series of tests on its twin KLT-40 reactor system, the “Akademik Lomonosov” could be connected to the Russian power grid by December.

The nuclear floating power unit (FPU) reactors No.1 and No.2 were successfully brought up to 100 percent capacity on the March 31, according to the utility Rosenergoatom. These tests confirmed the operational stability of the main and auxiliary equipment of the FPU, as well as the automatic process control systems. 

The Director General of Rosenergoatom (Rosatom’s energy division), Andrei Petrov, explained that based on the results of these tests acceptance certificate for the FPU would now be issued by authorities with a view of operating license to be granted in July.

At the same time, onshore and hydraulic structures for the floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), as well as infrastructure ensuring the transmission of electricity to the local grid and heating for the city’s network, are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year in Pevek (Chukotka, Russia). Current engineering work is running to plan, the company said.

The FPU is scheduled to be towed to the Port of Pevek during the 2019 summer shipping where it will operate as part of a floating nuclear power plant, replacing the outgoing capacities of the Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya CHPP.