Rosatom’s Engineering Division has signed a memorandum of intent with partners from the Republic of Guinea providing for interaction on a project for floating power units in Guinea. The document was signed during the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, in the presence of Rosatom Deputy General Director for Engineering & Industrial Solutions, Andrei Nikipelov and the head of the Rosatom’s Engineering Division, Igor Kotov.

Under the framework of the agreements reached, the parties will consider the possibilities of implementing the project of floating power units in Guinea and work out the terms and conditions for the implementation of the project.

“Cooperation involves joint work to develop a solution for power supply to consumers in Guinea, both industrial and household, by deploying floating nuclear power units with RITM-200 reactor facilities, which have already proven their performance in operation,” said the Deputy Head of Rosatom’s Engineering Division, Vladimir Aptekarev. “As you know, the issue of electricity supply in the African region is very acute, and our main task is to provide a quick, reliable and environmentally friendly solution for our partners.”

The RITM-200 advanced reactor plant of the type has proven itself in operation on Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers of project 22220. The reactor is now being adapted to power Russian projects for floating NPPs (RITM-200S) and ground-based small power plants (RITM-200N) to provide power to industrial projects in the Arctic and far east regions.

Rosatom has more than 70 years of experience in transport reactor technology and since 2020 has been operating the world’s first floating NPP, the Akademik Lomonosov, which is supplying heat and power to the Arctic town of Pevek in Chukotka. Akademik Lomonosov has two smaller KLT-40S reactor units, providing electric and thermal energy with a capacity of 70 MW and 50 Gcal/h, respectively, supported by coastal infrastructure.