World's First Nuclear Float is Under Construction in Russia
May 17 (EIRNS)--Construction work on the first prototype of a floating nuclear power reactor has begun in Russia. As reported on Russia's state radio station RUVR yesterday, Russia has started to build the world's first ever floating nuclear power station, named Academician Lomonosov , at the Sevmash shipyard in Severodvinsk in the northern Arkhangelskaya region.
The floating nuclear power facility is 144 meters long, 30 meters wide, 10 meters high, with a draught of 5-6 meters. Its service time is 40 years and the cost of production will be covered in 10 years. The staff of the station is 58 people. The shipyard plans to launch the Academician Lomonosov floating nuclear power station by 2010.
Because it is shipsize, the reactor can be shipped from Sevmash to any part of the world, either by river or canal, or by sea. And, its size makes it attractive for regions which have a demand for smaller power plants, which are also more flexible for stationing because of their floating character. The system can be used also for a first-generation projects to desalinate sea water.