Russia unveils floating nuclear power station

Russia unveils floating nuclear power station
Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant leaves St. Petersburg, 2018. (Image: Screen grab of Russia 1 video, YouTube)

[Ed. – What could go wrong?  The U.S. actually built and deployed the first one, some 50 years ago.  But we salute the Russians for their achievement.]

Russia on Saturday unveiled the world’s first floating nuclear power station at a ceremony in the port of the far northern city of Murmansk where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel before heading to eastern Siberia.

Built in Saint Petersburg, the Akademik Lomonosov arrived in Murmansk on Thursday where it was moored in the port and presented to the media on Saturday. …

The 21,000-tonne barge will be towed in the summer of 2019 to the port of Pevek in the autonomous Chukotka region in Russia’s extreme northeast, 350 kilometres (217 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.

The barge can produce enough electricity to power a town of 200,000 residents, far more than the 5,000 live in Pevek, Russia’s northernmost town.

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