Rosatom's first of a kind floating nuclear power unit Akademik Lomonosov
Rosatom's first of a kind floating nuclear power unit Akademik Lomonosov

Rosatom's first of a kind Floating Nuclear Power Unit arrives to its New Home

ANI | Updated: Sep 16, 2019 17:25 IST

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] Sept 16(ANI/NewsVoir): The floating power unit Akademik Lomonosov has arrived at the port of its permanent location in Pevek, Chukotka, in Russia's Far East, where it is being docked to start operations by the end of this year.
Once commissioned, it will become the world's first operational nuclear power plant based on small modular reactors (SMRs) technology; and a 'working prototype' for reliable source of low-carbon energy supply in remote areas.
"It's maybe one small step for sustainable development in the Arctic, but it's a giant leap for the decarbonisation of remote off-grid areas, and a watershed in the development of small modular nuclear power plants in the world," said Alexey Likhachev, CEO, Rosatom.
The project has been welcomed by scientists, nuclear energy experts and environmentalists across the world.
"To meet the nuclear industry's Harmony goal of supplying at least 25 per cent of the world's electricity by 2050 we will need to bring the benefits of nuclear energy to more people in a wider range of locations. The Akademik Lomonosov is the first of a new class of small, mobile and versatile nuclear power plant that will supply clean and reliable electricity, heat and water, helping meet the UN's sustainable development goals," said Agneta Rising, Director General of the World Nuclear Association
Akademik Lomonosov is a pilot project and a 'working prototype' for a future fleet of floating nuclear power plants and on-shore installations based on Russian-made small modular reactors. The small power units will be available for deployment to hard-to-reach areas of the Russia's north and Far-East, as well as for export.
The total cost of the Pevek installation will not be disclosed until the project is complete but Rosatom's spokesman said the technology is strongly competitive.
"Once we begin to manufacture small reactors in series, SMR-based plants for remote areas have a good chance to produce electricity cheaper than diesel, saving money and preventing harmful emissions," he added.
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