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  • 2018 April 18 15:02

    Baltiysky Zavod shipyard tested mooring facilities of Akademik Lomonosov FPU (photo)

    Baltiysky Zavod JSC (Saint-Petersburg), a company of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, says it has tested the mooring facilities of the Akademik Lomonosov floating power unit (FPU) which will be used to fix the FPU to the hydraulic engineering structures of the Floating Nuclear Power Plant in Pevek  (FNPP).

    The FPU was moved 13 kilometers off the shore and kept in fixed position throughout the tests. Its resistance to tidal currents was checked. 

    Besides, the tests covered the shore-to FPU transport access: a special bridge was assembled to link the FPU and the shore. Trucks entered the FPU through its technological gate.

    The tests involved about 50 participants: engineers of the Baltiysky Zavod shipyard, representatives of the Captain’s Office, specialists of Era JSC. Three tugboats and several cranes were used. The tests confirmed that the mooring facilities of the FPU are ready for operation.

    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 more than 200 000 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. 

    Baltiysky Zavod OJSC (Saint-Petersburg) specializes in construction of rank 1 surface-crafts, ice class vessels with nuclear and diesel-electric propulsion plants, nuclear floating energy units, floating distilling plants.

    The shipyard was set up in 1856. In its history Baltiysky Zavod which had built over 600 ships and vessels and was privatized several times and returned to state control when financial problems arose. In late 2011, the shipyard once more fell under the control of the state represented by the United Shipbuilding Corporation. To preserve the staff and the competence of the shipyard, USC founded Baltiysky Zavod – Sudostroyeniye LLC.  The Company’s staff currently numbers over 6,000 employees.

    United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC OJSC) is the largest shipbuilding company in Russia. It was set up in 2007 with 100% federal ownership. The holding comprises 40 companies and organizations (major shipbuilding and shiprepairing companies as well as leading design bureaus). Currently, USC consolidates the bulk of the domestic shipbuilding complex. The Russian market is the main focus of the state corporation though it also exports its products to 20 countries worldwide.

    Related links:

    Akademik Lomonosov FPU to be towed to Murmansk in May 2018, to Pevek – by August 2019 >>>>

    Coastal facilities and hydraulic engineering structures under FNPP project in Chukotka to be completed in August 2019 >>>>

    Construction of coastal infrastructure for world’s first floating NPP starts in Chukotka (photo) >>>>




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