Rosatom operations subsidiary Rosenergoatom said that the twin KLT-40 icebreaker reactors on the floating power station Akademik Lomonosov had passed comprehensive pre-licensing tests and would be issued operating license in July.
The floating nuclear power plant will be towed to its final destination during the far north shipping season this summer and “is ready to start commercial operations,” the company said.
The two 35 MWe reactors, which together can power a city of 100,000 residents, were brought to full power capacity on March 31. The testing done since then “confirmed the operational stability of the main and auxiliary equipment … as well as the automatic process control systems,” according to a statement.
While the plant is being licensed and towed to its mooring at Pevek, Russia, construction teams are working on completion of onshore transmission infrastructure and hydraulic systems to support the poster plant, which is expected to replace the Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya coal-burning plant. The Bilibino plant is currently the world’s most northern nuclear power plant.
Grid connection is expected to be accomplished in December 2019, with commercial operations status expected in April 2020.
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