World’s first floating nuclear power unit set to start operations

The world’s only floating nuclear power unit is poised to begin commercial operations in Russia.

The Akademik Lomonosov is ready to start generating power following a series of successful tests on its twin KLT-40 reactor system.

The two reactors were successfully brought up to 100 per cent capacity and owner Rosatom said the tests confirmed the stability of the main and auxiliary equipment, as well as the automatic process control systems.

Andrei Petrov, director general of Rosatom’s energy division Rosenergoatom, said that based on the test results, an acceptance certificate for the floating unit would now be issued, with a view to an operating license being granted in July.

The unit is scheduled to be towed to the Russian port of Pevek in the summer, where it will operate as a floating nuclear power plant, replacing a traditional nuclear plant, Bilibino, and a CHP plant, Chaunskaya. It is expected to be connected to the grid in December.

Onshore and hydraulic structures for the floating plant, as well as transmission infrastructure to transfer electricity to the local grid and heating for the city’s network, are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
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