Floating nuclear power unit “Akademik Lomonosov” has arrived in Murmansk to be loaded with fuel
“Akademik Lomonosov”, the world’s only nuclear floating power unit (FPU) successfully moored in Murmansk at the FSUE “Atomflot” base. Thus, the first stage of towing of the nuclear ship from St. Petersburg, where its construction site is situated, to the place of its location - the city of Pevek (CAO), was completed.
En route to Murmansk Lomonosov sailed over 4,000 km and travelled four seas: Baltic, Northern, Norwegian and Barents. In the waters off Norway’s west coast “Lomonosov” was visited by Norwegian media and environmentalists. Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachev commented: “Akademik Lomonosov” is an unparalleled piece of engineering by Russian scientists. It is a first-of-a-kind project for mobile medium capacity range nuclear power units, a product we expect to be in growing demand in the coming years. For instance, we see great interest from all island nations where it is difficult, for various reasons, to set up a developed centralized power transmission infrastructure”.
The power unit will become the main part of the world's first floating nuclear power station and provide Chukotka Autonomous Area with electric power, thereby replacing the capacities of the technologically obsolete Bilibino nuclear power plant and the Chaunskaya coal-fired power plant.