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Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear power station

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Russia on Saturday unveiled the world’s first floating nuclear power station at a ceremony in the port of the far northern city of Murmansk where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel before heading to eastern Siberia.

Built in Saint Petersburg, the Akademik Lomonosov arrived in Murmansk on Thursday where it was moored in the port and presented to the media on Saturday.

Constructed by the state nuclear power firm Rosatom, the 144 by 30 metre (472 by 98 foot) ship holds two reactors with two 35 megawatt nuclear reactors that are similar to those used to power icebreaker ships.

The 21,000-tonne barge will be towed in the summer of 2019 to the port of Pevek in the autonomous Chukotka region in Russia’s extreme northeast, 350 kilometres (217 miles) north of the Arctic Circle.

The barge can produce enough electricity to power a town of 200,000 residents, far more than the 5,000 live in Pevek, Russia’s northernmost town.

It will be primarily used to power oil rigs as Russia pushes further north into the Arctic to drill for oil and gas and needs electricity in far-flung locations.

Vitaly Trutnev, who is in charge of the construction and operation of floating nuclear power stations at Rosatom, said such units would “supply electricity and heat to the most remote regions, supporting also growth and sustainable development.”

He said use of such floating reactors can save 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

The barge had initially been scheduled to be fuelled in Saint Petersburg, but that work was moved to Murmansk instead due to concern in countries along the Baltic Sea.


23 Comments on "Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear power station"

  1. Go Speed Racer on Sat, 19th May 2018 9:46 pm 


    When the reactor rods jam,
    the reactor melts down,
    and smoke is pouring out the top,

    Just have a submarine shoot a torpedo
    at it… sinks and problem solved!

    We should have build reactors like this,
    starting a long time ago. 3-Mile woulda
    never happened, just sink it at the
    first hint of trouble.

  2. Anonymouse1 on Sat, 19th May 2018 10:39 pm 

    Exactly GSR, there is no problem we cant solved by dumping it into the ocean. Ideally, when no cameras are around. Look at how well its working out with our plastic problem. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind. And when it comes to radioactively and oceans, we need look no further, (or not at all), at the Pacific Ocean and fukushima. I haven’t heard any complaints coming from the ocean over that one.

  3. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 20th May 2018 1:48 am 

    Greetings Mr Anthony Mouse,
    Wow U know my thoughts better than me.
    That’s what I was trying to say, I just hadnt
    figured out to say it yet.

    Every problem can be solved by dumping
    it into the ocean. That’s what I was trying to say.

    See, the earth is made of so much water,
    It’s impossible to pollute all that water.

    Ya know the saying, “the solution to
    pollution is dilution”.

    It’s OK to sink the nuclear reactor barge,
    while the cameras roll.
    We will lost onto YouTube, get 500,000
    viral views, and have extra spending money
    to buy burgers & fries at the drive-in.

  4. Anonymouse1 on Sun, 20th May 2018 3:30 am 

    My thoughts exactly. We’ve successfully diluted millions of tons of plastics into the oceans, and who knows how many millions(billions?) of barrels of oil. Along with folding lawn chairs, tires, dirty hypodermic syringes and single-use disposable flexi-straws and much much more. Whats a few (more) nuclear reactors gonna do?

    I mean, floating nuclear power stations. What could possibly go wrong?

  5. Davy on Sun, 20th May 2018 4:58 am 

    “Potential Historic Arctic Warming Scenario in the GFS Model Forecast for Late May”

    “According to GFS model analysis, temperatures for the entire Arctic region could spike to as high as 3.5 degrees Celsius above average from Saturday, May 26 through Tuesday, May 29th. So much warming, if it does occur, would shatter temperature records around the Arctic and accelerate the summer melt season by 2-4 weeks. It would also elevate Arctic fire potentials while likely increasing upstream severe weather risks to include higher potentials for droughts, heatwaves and severe rainfall events (as we have seen recently across the Eastern U.S.). The model run indicates three ridge zones feeding much warmer than normal air into the Arctic. The zones hover over Eastern Siberia, Western North America, and Central Europe through the North Atlantic and Barents Sea — pushing wave after wave of warmth into the Arctic Ocean region.”

  6. Free Speech Forum on Sun, 20th May 2018 6:26 am 

    Americans are so dead and degraded now that if the US Army liquidates Fargo tomorrow, no one would even shrug.

  7. deadly on Sun, 20th May 2018 7:48 am 

    A floating nuclear power plant is also called an aircraft carrier and they’ve been around for a while now.

    They forgot to build a deck for a runway on the first floating nuclear power station.

  8. Dredd on Sun, 20th May 2018 8:00 am 

    Rusting submarines, plastic continents, and now rusting nuke joints in our oceans.

    Peak Creep (Arrested Development: The Creep State – 2).

  9. BobInget on Sun, 20th May 2018 10:13 am 

    Nuclear Submarines, aircraft carriers, can all been used to provide emergency shore power.

  10. Antius on Sun, 20th May 2018 10:29 am 

    A good idea. The reactor is towed to coastal communities where heat and power is needed. At end of life it is towed back to a centralized scrap yard, where units are dismantled and waste is packaged and buried. Decommissioning is therefore much easier with a floating power plant.

  11. rockman on Sun, 20th May 2018 10:57 am 

    deadly – A very old idea: “From 1968 to 1975 a US Army Liberty ship converted to carry a small nuclear reactor supplied powered to the Panama Canal Zone.”

    And back in 2009 plans were schedule to supply an Hawaiian island with electricity from a US sub but power was restored before it moved in.

    As it has turned out building nuke plant on the shoreline with emergency generators in the basement in a common tsunami area appears to have been a much worse plan.

  12. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 20th May 2018 11:51 am 

    I’m tellin ya, Ants On Us, you dont
    have to tow it to a central scrap yard.

    Just sink it. Problem solved. Quicker.

    See, it’s like this. Its important
    to understand geology.

    Planet Earth is a solid ball of water.
    That’s a lot of water!

    The continents float on the water, due
    to trapped air underneath them.

    When we sink something like a nuclear
    reactor barge,
    it goes deeper and deeper into the giant
    Earth sized ball of water, until finally
    it comes to rest at the bottom of the
    ocean, which is the center of the Earth.

    All the garbage just stays there, at the
    center of the giant ball of water, that is

    Adding old nuclear reactors actually helps
    because all that iron garbage (which
    includes the Titanic wreck) makes a big
    clump of iron & garbage which forms the
    Earth’s magnetic field.

    God made the Earth a giant liquid ball
    of water, so that we would have a place to
    dump all our garbage. When we dump
    garbage into the ocean, we are doing
    the Lord’s work.

  13. Dredd on Sun, 20th May 2018 1:51 pm 

    Did they name it Fukushima II?

  14. Dredd on Sun, 20th May 2018 1:57 pm 

    LOL Go Speed Racer.

  15. Harquebus on Sun, 20th May 2018 6:13 pm 

    If the core is breached, the resulting explosion would sink the plant anyway. Corium and water don’t mix.

    I stopped eating seafood a long time ago.

    “Microplastics, bits of plastics that have found their way into waters in and around every continent on Earth, have a range of impacts on aquatic life”

  16. Sissyfuss on Sun, 20th May 2018 7:58 pm 

    I worked with a fellow who said when he was in the service he was assigned to a secret transportation unit that would pick up lead containers from nuclear weapons facilities around the country and transport them to the East coast to be loaded on barges that would then be towed out to sea to be sunk. He stated that when transporting his cargo he was accompanied by a heavily armed contingent that had authority over any local or state agencies and watched several times when pulled over how the locals eventually were shown who was boss either through paperwork or being massively out gunned. My coworker gave off a sense of believability that makes me shudder to think what lies at the bottom of our oceans.

  17. dissident on Sun, 20th May 2018 8:11 pm 

    Comparisons with Fukushima are pure ignorance. The flooded generators at Fukushima could not be restarted before cooling control was lost. This Russian plant based on the PWR reactors used in its icebreaker fleet, is floating on water. Under emergency conditions it can have the reactor section flooded with water. No generators have to function to achieve this. In fact, this plant is the safest standard water-cooled/moderated design around since it has the ultimate passive cooling.

  18. MASTERMIND on Sun, 20th May 2018 8:51 pm 

    The Coming Collapse

    All the harbingers of collapse are visible: crumbling infrastructure; chronic underemployment and unemployment; the indiscriminate use of lethal force by police; political paralysis and stagnation; an economy built on the scaffolding of debt; nihilistic mass shootings in schools, universities, workplaces, malls, concert venues and movie theaters; opioid overdoses that kill some 64,000 people a year; an epidemic of suicides; unsustainable military expansion; gambling as a desperate tool of economic development and government revenue; the capture of power by a tiny, corrupt clique; censorship; the physical diminishing of public institutions ranging from schools and libraries to courts and medical facilities; the incessant bombardment by electronic hallucinations to divert us from the depressing sight that has become America and keep us trapped in illusions. We suffer the usual pathologies of impending death. I would be happy to be wrong. But I have seen this before. I know the warning signs. All I can say is get ready.

  19. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 20th May 2018 9:43 pm 

    Looks like dissident spoke the truth.
    Fact is, we should require all nuclear
    reactors to float on barges in the ocean.

    If the thing is ready to melt down,
    just pull out the bathtub plug at the bottom
    and down she goes. They couldn’t do that
    at Fukushima. So it melted down
    while also blowing up.

    Nice combination.
    Sort of like olives and mushrooms on
    the same pizza. Melted down and blew up.
    I love it.
    Can we toss a few tires an old sofa’s
    onto that melting reactor, just to
    get our money’s worth?

  20. Go Speed Racer on Sun, 20th May 2018 9:44 pm 

    If we pile a whole lot of old tires onto
    the nuclear reactor, just before it
    blows up (hydrogen gas explosion)

    the tires will be flying every which way.
    Post onto youtube, get lots of viral views.

  21. Outcast_Searcher on Mon, 21st May 2018 12:08 pm 

    Harquebus: It’s a good thing there are no pollutants except in the sea. /s

  22. MASTERMIND on Mon, 21st May 2018 12:19 pm 

    Peak oil never disappeared, and it will strike, full force, sooner rather than later.

    Outcast you better sell that i-toy and buy some preps before its too late..

  23. fmr-paultard on Mon, 21st May 2018 12:21 pm 

    ^mm^ eurotard don’t have guns and you grab luke 22:36 how are you going to be like draco who “never knew a ballot box?”

    explain your self embellishment please

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