Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant becomes operational
The world's first floating nuclear power plant (FNPP), Akademik Lomonosov, has been launched in Chukotka as per an order signed by Andrei Petrov, Director of Rosenergoatom, Electric Energy Division of Rosatom.
"Today we can consider the floating nuclear power plant construction project successfully completed. We accomplished our main task for the year — fully commissioned the FNPP in Pevek, Chukotka region. Today, it officially becomes the 11th nuclear power plant in Russia and the northernmost one in the world," Andrei Petrov noted.
The world's only floating nuclear power plant includes coastal infrastructure and a floating power unit (FPU) with two 35 MW KLT-40S reactors. The plant's power capacity is 70 MW and heat capacity, 50 Gcal/h.
The FNPP started providing electricity to the isolated grid of the Chaun-Bilibino energy center of Chukotka on December 19, 2019. Since then, it has generated over 47.3 million kW of electricity and currently covers 20 percent of the Chaun-Bilibino energy center demand. The FNPP will become the main energy source for Chukotka following the shutdown of the Bilibino NPP.