Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom said this week that the floating nuclear power plant in Pevek, in the Chukotka region of the Russian Far East had been fully commissioned following approval by the country's nuclear watchdog Rostechnadzor.
The “Akademic Lomonosov” power plant contains two 35-megawatt KLT-40C reactors. It was connected to the grid in the remote mining region on Dec. 19, 2019. The electric grid in the area is isolated from the rest of Russia's electricity infrastructure.
Andrei Petrov, Director of Rosenergoatom (Electric Energy Division of ROSATOM), the subsidiary responsible for the FNPP project operations signed the document that put the plant into a fully commissioned status. "Today we can consider the floating nuclear power plant construction project successfully (and officially) completed," he said. "Today, it officially becomes the 11th nuclear power plant in Russia and the northernmost one in the world."
Earlier, the Far East directorate of Rostechnadzor, Russia’s technical, nuclear and environmental watchdog, carried out an inspection of the project. Based on its results, the FNPP received a “statement of conformity”. This document verifies that the FNPP is built in accordance with all project documentation requirements. Additionally, the project received approval from Rosprirodnadzor, the executive authority controlling and supervising activities in the field of environmental management. Receiving these documents means that the FNPP fully adheres to all norms and regulations, including sanitary, epidemiological, environmental, fire safety, construction requirements and federal standards, Rosatom said.
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So does the thermal discharge remain right at plant with no dispersion?
Isn't this the same arm of the Russian government that approved and licensed the graphite moderated Chernobyl design?