The construction of a unique floating nuclear power station ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ has been completed

A unique nuclear powership ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ that was being constructed at the FSUE Atomflot site in Murmansk by the team of the Baltic Shipyard has been transferred to the end customer – The Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company (a part of the electric power division of the Rosatom State Corporation).

That said, the construction of the ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ floating nuclear power station has been completed with an execution of an acceptance certificate confirming that the powership has successfully and fully undergone all trials set forth in the technical project and confirmed its parameters. The handover agreement has also been signed confirming that the floating power block has been fully transferred to the end customer.

It is important to note that recently the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company has obtained a Rostekhnadzor license for the operation of a nuclear facility at the floating power station, which is valid for 10 years, until 2029.

Andrey Petrov, the CEO of the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company, provided his comments on the event: ‘The transfer of a completed facility to a customer is a key milestone. The Acceptance certificate states that the vendor has fully delivered on its obligations to the customer and the outcome corresponds to what was stipulated in the agreement. We have accepted all the deliverables from the vendor and start preparing to the transportation of the floating power block to its permanent location, which is the city of Pevek in the Chukotka Autonomous Region’.

In the meantime, Alexey Vladimirov, the floating power station project lead at the Baltic Shipyard, noted: ‘Despite the completion of the powership’s construction, the Baltic Shipyard will support the client in terms of preparing the floating power blocks for the transportation from Murmansk to Pevek, which is scheduled to start in August 2019. Once the powership arrives at its permanent location, the Baltic Shipyard will provide installation supervision during the communication systems’ detachment from onshore and the connection of the electric and heat power transmission systems. Following the completion of the assembly activities, our warranty obligations would remain until mid 2021’.

The operational launch of the floating power station as a part of the floating nuclear heat and power plant is scheduled before the end of 2019. During this time, the team in Pevek is planning to complete the activities related to building the onshore and hydraulic constructions for the plant along with the infrastructure that would cater for the electric power delivery into the Chukotenergo power grid and the heat delivery to the city’s heat supply systems.

Further on, the plant is supposed to replace the withdrawn generating capacities of the Chaun-Bilibino load center – the Chaun CHPP in the city of Pevek and the Bilibino NPP in the city of Bilibino. Since the floating nuclear heat and power plant is going to be located in Pevek, it will spur the social and economic development of the Chaun municipal district and Chukotka in general. Besides, the plant will become one of the key infrastructure elements within the Northern Sea Route development program.

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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