Rosatom plans to build 15 floating nuclear power plants in the Arctic
According to the head of the state corporation, Aleksey Likhachev, such orders are of interest to energy companies, among others.16 June 2023
Russia may have 15 floating nuclear power plants along the North Sea Route. This volume of potential demand from companies is seen by Rosatom. This was announced at the session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 'North Sea Route: New Challenges' by Aleksey Likhachev, head of the state corporation, the Taimyr Telegraph reported.
He recalled that Rosatom is already implementing a corresponding project to supply power to the Baimsky mining and processing plant in Chukotka, which is being built by Kazakhstan's KAZ Minerals. A minimum of four such floating nuclear power plants (FNPPs) were required for this project. The cost of this state corporation project was estimated at RUB 169 bn.
The world's first FNPP began operating in Pevek, Chukotka, in December 2019. This floating power plant is to replace the capacity of the Bilibino NPP and the Chaunskaya TPP. It began to be built in the 2000s on the site of the Baltiysky Zavod in St. Petersburg. The main power unit was launched in 2010.