Docking of the Floating Power Unit Akademik Lomonosov started in Murmansk
Docking of the Floating Power Unit Akademik Lomonosov has been started in Murmansk. According to press center of FSUE Atomflot, the FPU will be placed in the dock for survey and painting of the underbody.
FPU Akademik Lomonosov is ready for operation. In the 2019 summer navigation, the FPU will be escorted by towboats to the Port of Pevek, where the facility will 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.
It is expected that the FPU will generate first kilowatts of electricity to the grid in December 2019.
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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