Coastal facilities and hydraulic engineering structures under FNPP project in Chukotka to be completed in August 2019
The construction of coastal facilities and hydraulic engineering structures under FNPP project in Chukotka is expected to be completed in August 2019, JSC "Concern Rosenergoatom" told Hydrotechnika Journal (part of Media Group PortNews).
FNPP commissioning is scheduled for November 2019.
The project was approved by Glavgosexpertiza of Russia (Russia’s Main Department of State Expertise) in January 2018.
The construction of an approach dam is underway. The structures have already stretched for 390 meters in the water area. More than 5,000 tonnes of pipe piles and other metal structures have already been assembled at the construction site.
The floating power unit (FPU) Akademik Lomonosov of 20870 project is designed for the operation as a part of the Floating Nuclear Power Plant (FNPP). The time-proved technologies of marine (icebreaker) reactor plants are the basis of the project. The FPU has 2 steam-generation units with KLT-40S reactors with the capacity of 35 MW. This main project of the serial mobile movable low-powered power units for supply of the energy to the large industrial enterprises, port cities, complexes for the oil and gas extraction and processing at the sea shelf is created on the basis of the serial power plant system of nuclear icebreakers proved during the long period operation in Arctic.
The FNPP is designed with the greater safety margin that makes nuclear reactors invincible for tsunami and other natural disasters. In addition the nuclear processes at the ships correspond to all the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and do not harm the environment.
FNPP is to replace the Bilibino NPP which generates 80% of the electricity produced by the closed-loop Chaun-Bilibino energy system, a pioneer nuclear power plant built in the Arctic region (in Chukotka). Shutdown of the first power plan unit is scheduled for 2019 with the entire Bilibino NPP to stop operation in 2021.
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