Russia’s floating nuclear plant heads out to sea

floating nuclear power plant
The plant is heading to Murmansk. Pic: Nicolai Gonar/Greenpeace

A controversial floating nuclear power plant made by Russia has headed out for its first sea voyage

The floating plant, the Akademik Lomonosov, was towed out of the St Petersburg shipyard where it was constructed on Saturday.

It is to be pulled through the Baltic Sea and around the Norwegian coast to Murmansk, a city of 300,000 people, where its reactors are to be loaded with nuclear fuel.

The Lomonosov is to be put into service in 2019 in the Arctic off the coast of Chukotka in the far northeast, providing power for a port town and for oil rigs.

Rosatom, the state-owned atomic energy corporation, is the owner of the nuclear power plant.

Via Sky News
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