Russia launches floating power plant with “Nuclear Titanic” making its way towards Arctic region and hopefully the FNPP technology will also interest other South Asian countries in an attempt of building extra seawater desalination facilities.
Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom launched the world’s first “floating” nuclear power plant (FNPP) over the weekend. The advancement is another example of the Kremlin’s move in expanding its presence in the Arctic port.
The power plant called “Akademik Lomonosov” will be floating through the Baltic Sea before arriving at the Murmansk base where it will receive the nuclear fuel. Akademik Lomonosov was towed out of a shipyard in St. Petersburg on April 28, 2018, where it was built.
However, environmentalist groups are not motivated by the likelihood of a nuclear power plant being sent to the Arctic because it can cause a high damage if something went wrong. According to Greenpeace, which recently warned of a “Chernobyl on ice,” the plan is a big environmental risk.
Nuclear expert Jan Haverkamp said, “Nuclear reactors bobbing around the Arctic Ocean will pose a shockingly obvious threat to a fragile environment which is already under enormous pressure from climate change.” “This hazardous venture is not just a threat to the Arctic, but, potentially, to other densely populated or vulnerable natural regions too,” Haverkamp added.
Rosatom said that they believe the floating nuclear power plant occur sometime in 2019. It also said that FNPPs are designed with the great scope of safety and to keep uninterruptible power and huge desalinated water supply in different remote areas.