The first floating nuclear power plant in the world, Academician Lomonosov, undertook his first trip to contribute to energy development in the north of Russia and the Far East, as reported by the Russian state company Rosatom, responsible for the construction of the nuclear platform.
Academician Lomonosov left St. Petersburg, where he was built, in the direction of Murmansk, in the northwest of Russia, to load nuclear fuel and to light their reactors.
This “Titanic Nuclear” species must navigate the Baltic Sea around the northern tip of Norway to Murmansk, where its nuclear reactors will be fed.
On its way, it will also pass through numerous Scandinavian coastal cities of Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
The ship, which was named in honour of the famous Russian scientist of the eighteenth century, Mikhail Lomonosov, has two reactors of 35 megawatts each. They have the capacity to supply electric power to a city of about 100,000 inhabitants.
Although the project represents a significant advance for the Russian government in its energy policy, it has been widely criticized by environmentalists. Organizations like Greenpeace, for example, have called it a “floating Chernobyl”.
And its fear is that the platform could cause an accident like the one that occurred in Chernobyl, at the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin nuclear power plant in 1986. A tragedy that is considered one of the greatest environmental disasters in history and that left more than 30 direct deaths.
However, for Moscow that danger does not exist and even the company Rosatom, responsible for its construction, has said that this platform complies with the appropriate security protocols and that, in addition, it travels through the Baltic are its reactors turned off and without nuclear fuel.
The Lomonosov will enter service in 2019 in the Arctic off the coast of Chukotka, in the Russian Far East, providing power not only for that port city of 200,000 inhabitants but also for the oil platforms that operate there.
Currently, in Chukotka, there is a nuclear power plant, although it is obsolete. This Russian region is one of the largest gold extraction centers, despite its difficult access.
The construction of this platform lasted 10 years, from 2007 to 2018.
Source: El Nuevo Dia