Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, will leave the Baltic Shipyard in St Petersburg between 20 April and 1 May for Murmansk where it will be loaded with fuel and undergo complex mooring tests, Tass reported on 7 March citing Baltic Shipyard general director Alexei Kadilov.
The 20870 power unit, designed for operation as part of the FNPP, is equipped with KLT-40S reactor plants that are capable of generating up to 70MWe of electricity and 50 Gcal/h of thermal energy in the nominal operating mode. FNPPs are intended for operation in the Far North and the Far East regions to supply power and heat to large industrial enterprises, port cities, as well as gas and oil platforms at sea.
Akademik Lomonosov will be put into operation at Pevek, Chukotka, in the Arctic northeast, where it will replace power currently supplied by the ageing Bilibino NPP which is due to close. The FNPP is scheduled to arrive in Pevek in June 2019 and is expected to power several new industrial projects in the region, including the Peschanka copper project.
The power plant will be loaded with nuclear fuel before it begins the about 6000km long voyage, which will require icebreaker support. The general director of nuclear utility Rosenergoatom, Andrey Petrov, recently told Chukotka Governor Roman Kopin that the FNPP will start test production in September 2019 and will be fully ready for regular production later that year. The FNPP will employ 305 people in Pevek, 80 of whom will work on a commuter basis, Petrov said.
Large amounts of construction materials were shipped to Pevek in summer of 2017, including a concrete-producing facility which can deliver up to 45 cubic metres of concrete per hour. During March, the number of workers on site will increase due to the construction of buildings and other port structures. The new port infrastructure of Pevek will cover a 1700-metre-long distance, according to the regional administration.
Photo: Akademik Lomonosov, the floating NPP is due to start up in 2019