The floating nuclear plant energy unit designed in Saint Petersburg will be tested in 2018

The extensive test of the energy unit for the world’s first floating nuclear plant on Chukotka will be held in the late 2018, as announced by the media office of the Ministry for development of the Russian Far East.

The energy unit construction activities at the Baltic Shipyard are at the completion stage now. As announced by Vitaliy Trutnev, Head of FNHPP construction and operation Directorate at Rosenergoatom, shell and core is finishing, with start-up and commissioning underway.

“The site selection was not random. The enterprise offers all necessary competences and a record of challenging projects execution. The facility is specialised in in building ice breakers based on similar reactor systems. The plant personnel have adequate specialty for building this unique energy unit”, as informed by the media office.

The floating energy unit will be a part of FNHPP for Chukotka power supply. It is expected to replace the 48-MW Bilibino NPP.

In 2015, Rosatom Corporation and the Chukotka Autonomous District signed the agreement on the construction of FNHPP with a capacity of 48 MW in Pevek, the northernmost Russian city. The overall cost of the floating unit and shore infrastructure is estimated at 37.3bn RUB. Academician Lomonosov FNHPP will be commissioned in 2019, with full capacity launch scheduled for 2021.

It was reported in July that the nuclear fuel for FNHPP reactors will be loaded in Murmansk at Atomflot, with further energy unit launch. The corporation earlier intended to launch the FNHPP near the Issakiyevsky Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. The Greenpeace petition against it was signed by 11 k people.


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