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Russia Plans Floating Nuclear Power Plant

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Published on Jul 17, 2013

Russia is planning to build the world's first mobile nuclear power plant that will operate on a boat.

Russia is planning to build the world's first mobile nuclear power plant that will operate on a boat.




Baltic Plant, Russia's largest ship building company, recently announced their plans to have the floating nuclear power plant operational in 2016.




The mobile power plant will provide energy to port cities in remote areas of Russia's northern and eastern areas, along with industrial enterprises, and off shore gas and oil extracting operations in the Arctic.




Reportedly 15 other countries including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Algeria, Argentina, and Namibia have also shown an interest in buying a mobile, floating power station.




The power plant vessel will use the same technology as nuclear powered ice breaking ships that have KLT-40 naval propulsion reactors.




The vessel will generate enough energy to power 200 thousand homes, and it can also be modified to desalinate water, producing up to 240 thousand cubic meters of fresh water per day.




Russian manufacturers have been working on the nuclear power plant vessel since 2007.




They say that it meets all the necessary safety and environmental regulations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency's limit for weapons grade nuclear enrichment levels.

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