Akademik Lomonosov Achieves Sustained Reaction

Russian nuclear power giant Rosatom has confirmed the initial start up of the Akademik Lomonosov, the country’s first floating nuclear power plant.

Akademik LomonosovRosaom told the Russian international news agency Ria Novosti that the power plant achieved a sustained chain reaction at 5:58 p.m, Moscow-time, the World Nuclear Association said.

The start up is to be followed by a series of operational tests. Meanwhile, the second unit on the floating power facility will be fired up “in the near future.”

Both of the reactors were installed in October 2013 for the project that officially began in April 2007, but was restarted in May 2009 at a new shipyard. The contract for construction at Sevmash in Severodvinsk was cancelled in 2008 and was moved to a second shipyard in Saint Petersburg, the Baltic Shipyard, the WNA said.

Fuel loading began in late July and was completed Oct. 2.  Construction of necessary infrastructure at the northern city of Pevek, meanwhile, continues. Towing the facility to Pevek is expected to take place in the summer of 2019.

Travel is certainly a seasonal concern in the region. Pevek is the most northern city in Russia. Once operational, the floating power plant will replace the Bilibio power plant, which is currently the most northern nuclear power plant in the world.

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