Akademik Lomonosov FPU arrives in the Kola Bay (photo)
The world’s first floating power unit, the Akademik Lomonosov, which left the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard (Saint-Petersburg) on 28 April 2018, entered the Koal Bay yesterday, on May 17, says Rosenergoatom.
Before being docked at the berth of FSUE Atomflot the FPU will undergo a number of required mooring operations.
Upon their completion, on May 19, the FPU will be placed at its permanent location at Berth No 5 and connected to shore-based power systems.
Then painting works will begin followed by nuclear reactor loading and its start-up.
Then FPU will be delivered by the Northern Sea Route to the place of operation in Pevek where it will be connected to the coastal infrastructure. When put into operation the FNPP will be the world’s northernmost nuclear-powered plant. It is to replace the technologically obsolete Bilibinskaya NPP and Chaunskaya TPP.
The floating power unit (FPU) of Project 20870 is to operate as a part of floating nuclear power plant. The station is equipped with KLT-40 C reactors generating up to 70 MW of electricity and 50 Gcal / h of heat energy in the nominal operating mode, which is enough to support the city with a population of about 100,000 people. The floating power unit is intended for operation in the Far North and in the Far East regions. The lead FPU, the Akademik Lomonosov FPU, is intended for the floating nuclear power plant in Pevek (the Chukotka Autonomous District). It is a unique project of the world’s first mobile power unit of low capacity. The main purpose of the project is to supply power to large industrial enterprises, port cities as well as offshore gas and oil platforms.
FPU characteristics: LOA: 140 m, beam: 30 m, draft: 5.56 m, displacement – 21,500 tonnes, crew – 69.
The facility can easily be converted into a desalination plant producing up to 240,000 cbm / day of fresh water. The floating plant’s design service life is 35 to 40 years. Reactor refueling is to be performed every 2.5 - 3 years.
The floating nuclear power plant is overdesigned to meet all the possible risks and ensure the reactors’ unvulnerability in case of tsunami and other disasters. Nuclear processes comply with all the requirements of International Atomic Energy Agency and present no risks for the environment.
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