Construction Started on First Russian Floating Nuclear Power Plant

17 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Construction Started on First Russian Floating Nuclear Power Plant</h1><p>April 17 (EIRNS)--The first Russian floating nuclear power plant, the Academician Lomonosov, will be supplying power for the city of Sevmash, on the White Sea, by 2010. Other potential sites for an additional planned seven FNPPs will be Far Eastern and Siberian cities and regions including Chukotka, Kamchatka, Yakutia and Taimyr, by 2015, Novosti reports in a commentary published today.</p><p>Russian Nuclear Power Agency head Sergei Kiriyenko emphasized the safety of the technology, in his speech at the construction launching in Severodvinsk, on April 15. "This plant has several layers of protection, which means that it will be much safer than its land equivalents," Kiriyenko said. He cited the example of the nuclear reactor on the sunken nuclear submarine Kursk, which withstood the explosion on the ship and shut down automatically, in 2000. The intact reactor was found when the submarine was raised. "There will be no floating Chernobyl," Kiriyenko assured listeners. "The guarantee is the tremendous expertise built up by the Russian nuclear ice-breaking fleet with its 7,000 reactor-years."</p><p>The first FNPP, named for 18th century Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov, will recoup its cost of $200 million in seven years, and have a lifespan of 38 years. But this is only a pilot project, and later ones will cost less. FNPPs, the commentary says, "are the dream of power-hungry regions and large industrial enterprises that require an uninterrupted power supply when no centralized source is available."</p><p>Twelve other nations, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and China are interested, the Federal Agency for Nuclear Power reports, and the Sevmash plant will be a working model for other nations. A plant can supply a city of up to 200,000 people, and, when used for water desalination, can produce 240,000 cubic meters of drinking water daily.</p></div></body>