Infrastructure approved for Russia’s floating nuclear plant

20 April 2020

Russia’s Glavgosexpertiza, the Ministry of Construction’s expert organisation for the appraisal of design documentation and engineering survey results, has examined documents relating to the construction of coastal and hydraulic structures and infrastructure facilities necessary to support the floating nuclear power plant (FNPP) Akademik Lomonosov based at Pevek in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug.

The project, which received a favourable report from Glavgosexpertiza on 15 April, provides for the construction of buildings and structures on the banks of the Pevek Strait for storage of specialised equipment required for the physical protection of FNPP facilities.

The site will have shelter for boats, booms and equipment including cars, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and others. A stationary pier will be built for the secure parking of the ship.

Plans also include the construction of a pipeline trestle and a lighting mast, as well as a slipway for lowering and raising snowmobiles, a tracked all-terrain vehicle and a separate type of boom. There will be platforms for vehicles, and external water, heat and electricity networks and communication networks. The territory will be fenced.

The developer is nuclear utility Rosenergoatom) and the general designer is Atomenergo  - both subsidiaries of state nuclear corporation Rosatom.  

 Glavgosexpertiza of Russia also checked the estimated cost of the construction of hydraulic structures and coastal infrastructure designed to ensure the conversion and transmission of electric and thermal energy from the FNPP to coastal networks.

The Akademik Lomonosov, which comprises two 35-megawatt KLT-40S reactors, began commercial operation in December 2019. It will replace the retiring generating capacities of the Chaun TPP and the Bilibino NPP and provide energy for consumers.

Akademik Lomonosov is expected to become the basis of the energy infrastructure of the Chaun-Bilibino industrial hub, which has the richest reserves of gold, silver, copper and other non-ferrous metals. It will also help the district to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels, reduce tariffs for electric and thermal energy, and improve social conditions and the environmental situation in the region.

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