Russia to launch world's first floating nuclear plant by 2016

The decades-old dream of floating nuclear power plants will become a reality in Russia by 2016, according to reports from Russia Today.

Russia’s floating Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) will have a capacity of 75 MW and will be towed to remote locations in the vast country where power transmission has always been difficult. Construction on the first floating SMR began in 2007.

A fleet of floating nuclear power plants has been a dream elsewhere in the world for decades, including the United States, where plans to build floating plants moved at pace until the mid-1970s when a moratorium on new nuclear build settled over the country.

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