MURMANSK, Russia (Reuters) — Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant set sail on Friday from the Arctic port of Murmansk to provide power to one of the country’s most remote regions, sparking environmental concerns.
Developed by the Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, the plant, known as “Akademik Lomonosov,” set off on a three-week, 3,100-mile journey through Arctic waters to reach the Chukotka region, which lies across the Bering Strait from Alaska.
The Akademik Lomonosov is a 459-foot-long towed platform that carries two 35-megawatt nuclear reactors.
The plant, loaded with nuclear fuel, will replace a coal-fired power plant and an aging nuclear power plant supplying more than 50,000 people with electricity in the town of Pevek. It will also power mining and drilling operations in the region.
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