Russian nuclear power corporation Rosatom said Thursday that the No. 1 reactor on the world's only floating nuclear power plant had been turned on and was running at 10 percent of its capacity.
The announcement from Murmansk, Russia, said the floating power unit (FPU), Akademik Lomonosov, was now moored at the Atomflot site in Murmansk. Atomflot is a Rosatom company.
"Technicians completed all necessary preparatory operations and performed all required assessments before the procedure," Rosatom said.
Power start-up’ is a series of functionality and safety tests conducted on Akademik Lomonosov’s reactor, that are to be completed prior to grid connection. The first stage is a power up of up to 10 percent of the reactor’s capacity. The final phase of ascension is a power up at 110 percent. Each stage is closely monitored to ensure operational safety.
All comprehensive tests and preparatory procedures are expected to be completed at the unique FPU Akademik Lomonosov by March 2019, Rosatom said.
The FPU will be towed to the port of Pevek (Russia’s northernmost town) in the third quarter of 2019. There, it will operate as part of a floating nuclear power plant, replacing the outgoing capacities of the Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya CHPP.
Rosatom said the milestone is a critical factor in working towards an export model of floating nuclear plants. The work on "Optimized Floating Power Units (OFPUs)," is a project envisioning "a series ... available for export."
Rosatom’s strategy, envisages supplying latest generation floating nuclear power plants to the most promising SMR markets across the globe. So far, significant interest in Rosatom’s FNPP technology has come from the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia., the company said.
"Akademik Lomonosov is the pilot project in a series of transportable small modular power units that are being produced for Rosenergoatom, Rosatom's subsidiary in charge of operating Russia’s nuclear power plants.
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