The docking operation for the ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ powership has begun in Murmansk

The ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ powership will be put in dock for an examination and painting of its bottom. Next time, the powership’s bottom will only emerge in 10-12 years during the routine maintenance works.

It is important to note that the ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ floating nuclear power block is now ready for operation. In order not to hamper the maritime traffic in summer 2019, the floating power block is to be towed to the port of Peveka where it will replace the retired capacities of the Bilibino NPP and the Chaun CHPP as a part of the Floating NPP. The latter is expected to release its first electric power into the network in December 2019. 

The floating nuclear power unit (FPU) (FPU) “Akademik Lomonosov” of project 20870 is the main project of the series of mobile transportable power units of low power. It is designed to work as a part of the Floating Nuclear Thermal Power Plant (FNPP) and is of a new class of power sources on the basis of Russian technologies of nuclear shipbuilding.

The nuclear power plant has two KLT-40S reactor units that can generate up to 70 MW of electric energy and 50 Gcal/hr of heat energy during its normal operation. This is enough to keep the activity of the town populated with 100,000 people. The FPU is the unique and the world’s first project of the mobile transportable power unit of low power. It is designed for the operation at the areas of the Extreme North and the Russian Far East. Its main task is to provide the remote industrial plants, port cities, as well as the offshore gas and oil platforms with electric energy. The FNPP is designed with the great margin of safety that exceeds all possible threats and makes nuclear reactors invincible for tsunamis and other natural disasters. In addition, the nuclear processes at the floating power unit meet all requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and do not pose any threat to the environment.

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