Projecting a win for consumers and the planet, Rosatom director general Alexei Likhachev in late December announced the nuclear power giant had signed an agreement with the Autonomous Republic of Sakha-Yakutia that opens the door for a small nuclear power plant developed for land-based applications.
"The station is based on the RITM-200 ship-based reactor facility,” Likhachev said. With the agreement, earth moving at the selected site in Ust-Yansky will begin in January.
Rosatom also said the cost of electricity in the remote area was expected to drop by 50 percent with the advent of the plant based on 40-50MW power plants, Nuclear Engineering International said.
The current schedule, based on an agreement signed in September 2019 calls for the construction permit to be assigned in 2024 with the plant up and running in 2028.
A field survey was completed in 2020, NEI said. The plant, meanwhile, is expected to provide about 800 permanent jobs and replace fossil-fuel based electricity in the remote region where the job market is dominated by gold mining operations.
As such, borrowing from power systems developed for ice breakers, the plant will trade in carbon emissions for a healthier planet and a stronger regional economy.
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