Floating Power

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Russia will begin to operate the world’s  first floating nuclear power plant in just three years time.

The specially-made ship with a nuclear power  plant on-board will provide energy, heat and drinking water to relatively  inaccessible areas of the vast country.

The director of Russia’s largest  shipbuilders, the Baltic Plant, announced that the unique ship should be  operational by 2016 at the 6th International Naval Show in St  Petersburg.

In three years, Russia will have the world's first floating nuclear power plant
In three years, Russia will have the world’s first  floating nuclear power plant. The Akademik Lomonosov is to become the first of a  series of floating nuclear power plants, which Russia plans to put into  mass-production

The first ship will be called Akademik Lomonosov and is intended to be the first of  small fleet of floating nuclear plants in Russia.

It is designed to provide energy to big  industrial companies, cut-off port cities and offshore oil and gas  platforms.

The ship’s power-generating capabilities were  based on nuclear reactors which are already on-board ice breaker ships in the  chilly region that have operated successfully for over half a century.

The Akademik Lomonosov will weigh 21,500 tons  and have a crew of 69 people. But it will not have a propulsion system so will  have to be towed to the location where it is needed, according to global news  service, RT.

It will have two modified KLT-40 reactors  that will be able to provide enough energy for a city with 200,000  people.

Together the reactors will generate 70MW of  electricity or 300 MW of heat.

An artist's impression of the ship, which is designed to provide energy to big industrial companies, cut-off port cities and offshore oil and gas platforms
An artist’s impression of the ship, which is designed to  provide energy to big industrial companies, cut-off port cities and offshore oil  and gas platforms. It will weigh 21,500 tons and have a crew of 69 people but  will have to be towed to the location where it is needed

Russia’s large towns and ports along its  northern coastline and its far eastern regions are currently not experiencing  much economic growth, partly because of a lack of energy, so it is hoped that  these floating power stations will help the situation.

The country could also use them near areas of  mineral deposits and military bases outside the country.

The floating power plants will be able to be  modified and be used as a desalination plant. This means that the ship could  produce a staggering 240,000 cubic meters of fresh water every day.

A total of 15 countries have expressed an  interest in using floating power stations, including: China, Indonesia and  Argentina.

The ship builder insists that the process of  fuel enrichment on the floating power station complies with the International  Atomic Energy Agency’s regulations.

Russia's large towns and ports along its northern coastline and its far eastern regions are currently not experiencing much economic growth, partly because of a lack of energy, so it is hoped that these floating power stations will help the situation
Russia’s large towns and ports along its northern  coastline and its far eastern regions are currently not experiencing much  economic growth, partly because of a lack of energy, so it is hoped that these  floating power stations will help the situation. The floating power plants will  be able to be modified and be used as a desalination plant

Just like nuclear power stations on land, the  floating power plant is designed with a safety margin.

It is designed to withstand collisions with  other ships and land as well as survive a tsunami.

After 40 years of service, the nuclear  reactor will be replaced.

The firm claims that its floating power  station is safe for the environment as it does not release any hazardous  substances while it is operating.

Building of the first ship got underway in  2007 at that Sevmash Submarine-Building  Plant in Severodvinsk.

It was moved to the Baltic Plant where it  stayed for two years after the money ran out.

But work on the vessel has got underway again  after a financing deal was signed between the Baltic Plant and a company owned  by the Russian State in December of last year.

Attribution: Sarah Griffiths, Mail Online

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