The unique ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ powership has obtained its operational license from Rostekhnadzor

The Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company (a part of the Electric power division of the Rosatom State Corporation) has been entitled to operate the nuclear facility of the ‘Akademik Lomonosov’ floating power block for 10 years, up to 2029. The operating company has been granted a license by the Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor).

That said, one of the key steps in a complex set of activities held by hundreds of companies within the Rosatom State Corporation and a bunch of Russian ship constructors, mechanical engineers and designers has been successfully completed.

When speaking about this milestone, Andrey Petrov, the CEO of the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company, said: ‘Obtaining the license for the floating power block operation is a highlight of hard work carried out for many years to establish a unique nuclear power usage facility. This event gives us an opportunity to start transporting the powership to the Pevek port in late August, where it will then undergo trials and operational launch as a part of the floating nuclear heat and power plant at the end of 2019’.

The floating power block is supposed to be transferred from the manufacturer (the Baltic Shipyard) to the customer (the Rosenergoatom Joint-Stock Company) by the end of June. By the end of this year, the activities related to the construction of the onshore and hydraulic facilities and the infrastructure designed to transmit the electric power into the ‘Chukotenergo’ power networks and the heat into the city’s heat networks are to be completed.

The floating nuclear heat and power plant is expected to deliver its first kilowatt-hours into the grid in December 2019. Further on, the plant is supposed to replace the withdrawn generating capacities of the Chaun-Bilibino load center – the Chaun CHPP in the city of Pevek and the Bilibino NPP in the city of Bilibino.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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