World's first shipborne nuclear power plant arrives in the Arctic

Mail Online | 5/22/2018 | Reuters;Harry Pettit For Mailonline
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The world's first shipborne nuclear power plant has arrived in the Arctic from Russia ahead of its first mission.

Carrying two nuclear reactors, the £70 million ($94 million) behemoth will provide electricity to an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska.

State - Company - Plant - Akademik - Lomonosov

The state company behind the plant, called the Akademik Lomonosov, says it could pioneer a new power source for remote regions of the planet.

But green campaigners have expressed concern about the risk of nuclear accidents, with Greenpeace denouncing it as a 'floating Chernobyl' and 'nuclear Titanic'.

State - Company - Rosatom - Facility - Arctic

Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, which developed the facility, said that it docked at the Arctic port of Murmansk on Saturday.

The plant was built in St Petersburg before it was towed to Murmansk in a journey that took three weeks. In Murmansk it will take on board a supply of nuclear fuel.

Town - Pevek - Far - Eastern - Region

It will then will be towed to the town of Pevek in the Far Eastern region of Chukotka, separated from the US state of Alaska by the 86-km (53 miles) wide Bering Strait.

Akademik Lomonosov will provide power to 100,000 people there for up to five years starting in summer 2019.

Plant - Power - Plant - Power - Plant

The plant will replace a coal-fired power plant and an aging nuclear power plant supplying more than 50,000 people with electricity in Chukotka, Rosatom said.

The 21,500-tonne plant is 470 feet (144m) long, 98 feet (30m) wide and 33 feet (10m) high, needs a crew of 69 to operate it, and provides 70 megawatts of electricity.

Tons - Fuel - Diesel - Oil - Result

About 45,000 tons of fuel or diesel oil will not have to be used as a result of the plant, according to its manufacturer.

Rosatom has long planned to launch the sea-borne power units, which, with their mobile, small capacity plants, are best suited to remote regions.

Environment - Greenhouse - Gas - Emissions

It says they can help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions blamed...
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