Rosatom fully commissions Akademic Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant
Rosatom announced that the 70MW Akademic Lomonosov floating nuclear power plant (Akademic Lomonosov FNPP) in the Russian Far East has entered fully commissioned.
According to the Russian state-owned nuclear energy company, the floating nuclear power plant began generating electricity to the isolated grid of the Chaun-Bilibino energy center of Chukotka in December 2019. Since then, the Akademic Lomonosov FNPP has produced more than 47.3 million kWh of power.
The floating nuclear power plant has been built by Rosatom’s electric power division Rosenergoatom.
Andrei Petrov – Rosenergoatom director said: “Today we can consider the floating nuclear power plant construction project successfully completed. We finished our main task for this year – fully commissioned the FNPP in Pevek, Chukotka region.
“Today, it officially becomes the 11th nuclear power plant in Russia and the northernmost one in the world.”
Currently, the Russian floating nuclear power plant built in Pevek, Chukotka region meets 20% of the Chaun-Bilibino energy center demand, said Rosatom.
The nuclear energy company expects the Akademic Lomonosov FNPP to become the main energy source for Chukotka following the shutdown of the Bilibino nuclear power plant.
Akademic Lomonosov, which is also the first floating nuclear power plant in the world, has a heat capacity of 50 Gcal/h and comprises coastal infrastructure and the Akademik Lomonosov floating power unit (FPU).
The Akademik Lomonosov FPU consists of a couple of KLT-40S reactors with a capacity of 35MW each.
The length of the Akademic Lomonosov FNPP is 140 meters, while its width is 30 meters and displacement is 21,500 tons. The service life of the Russian floating nuclear power plant is 40 years.