Russia on Saturday unveiled the world´s first floating nuclear power station at a ceremony in the port of the far northern city of Murmansk where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel before heading to eastern Siberia. Built in Saint Petersburg, the Akademik Lomonosov arrived in Murmansk on Thursday where it was moored in the port and presented to the media on Saturday.
Constructed by the state nuclear power firm Rosatom, the 144 by 30 metres ship holds two reactors with two 35 megawatt nuclear reactors that are similar to those used to power icebreaker ships.
The 21,000-tonne barge will be towed in the summer of 2019 to the port of Pevek in the autonomous Chukotka region in Russia´s extreme northeast, 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle.
The barge can produce enough electricity to power a town of 200,000 residents, far more than the 5,000 live in Pevek, Russia´s northernmost town.— Agencies