[Ed. – Obviously a lot of people are dubious about this, given Russia’s track record. In theory, it shouldn’t be any worse a hazard than using a nuclear-powered submarine to provide power ashore, which Russia has done before. The Arctic climate presents unique challenges; it makes sense that this is a better solution than trying to build land-based infrastructure. Just do it safely.]
Next month, a floating nuclear power plant called the Akademik Lomonosov will be towed via the Northern Sea Route to its final destination in the Far East, after almost two decades in construction.
It’s part of Russia’s ambition to bring electric power to a mineral-rich region. The 144-meter (472 feet) long platform painted in the colors of the Russian flag is going to float next to a small Arctic port town of Pevek, some 4,000 miles away from Moscow. It will supply electricity to settlements and companies extracting hydrocarbons and precious stones in the Chukotka region.