London — The world's only floating nuclear power unit is ready to start commercial operations in Russia, according to a statement from owner Rosatom.
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The Akademik Lomonosov is ready to start generating power after a series of comprehensive and successful tests on its twin KLT-40 reactor system.
Power generation at both of the 35-MW KLT-40C reactors achieved 100% of capacity on March 31, the company said this week, with subsequent tests confirming that both the main and the auxiliary equipment of the units, as well as the process control systems, were operating normally.
Andrei Petrov, director general of Rosatom's energy division Rosenergoatom, said it could receive an operating license by July, subject to the test results.
The Akademik Lomonosov is expected to operate for 40 years, with the possibility of the operating life being extended to 50 years, and the two reactors will be refueled once every three years.
Rosatom expects the shore and hydraulic facilities for the unit to be completed in Pevek before the end of this year, in addition to infrastructure facilitating both electricity transmission to Chukotenergo, the local power company, and heat into the city's heat networks.
It is expected to be connected to the power grid in December.
The facility is designed to replace the four-unit Bilibino plant, with an aggregate 48 MW capacity, and become the key power generation source in Chukotka Autonomous District, Rosatom added.
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