The Baltijskiy Zavod specialists completed loading nuclear fuel into the second of two reactors – the portside reactor – of the world-only floating nuclear power plant ‘Akademik Lomonosov’, which is based on the site of FSUE Atomflot (a ROSATOM’s subsidiary) in Murmansk.
Thus, the second stage of preparing the FNPP to the first criticality has been completed.
Head of the Directorate for building and operation of the floating nuclear co-generation power plant Vitaly Trutnev noted: “We plan to complete all final process operations at the facility before the end of this year. By now, specialists have completed one of the major tasks, i.e. the loading of nuclear fuel in reactors No.1 and No.2 of the plant. The next key stage will be their first criticality in October – November this year after the corresponding permit is received from Rostechnadzor. Then, the integrated birth trials will follow, which are necessary before the reactor is brought to design capacity.”
In 2019, FNPP will be towed to the seaport of the city of Pevek (Chukotka Autonomous District). At the present time, necessary construction of coastal infrastructure, hydraulic structures and on-shore site is being carried out. These facilities are called for to ensure safe riding and receipt of the energy bridge from it in the place of electric connections and energy release to the shore. It is planned to start operating FNPP in Pevek to replace phasing out capacities of Bilibino NPP and Chaunskaya Co-Gen Plant and become the baseline power generation facility in Chukotka.
On 23 December 2020, ROSATOM and the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) signed an agreement on electric power tariff formation principles for the small modular reactor (SMR) power plant construction project with RITM-200 reactors in Ust-Kuyga, Ust-Yansky District, Russia.
In October, the Akademik Lomonosov, built by the State Atomic Energy Corporation “Rosatom”, received the prestigious Asian Power Awards, becoming the best nuclear power plant of the year.
In September, the city of Pevek marked one year since the arrival of the floating power unit (FPU) Akademik Lomonosov, which being exploited here as part of a floating nuclear thermal power plant.